PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasRobert HENSHAW 
Birth date and place
(Anomalies)
c. 1824 Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland [Army documents, 1851 Census].
c. 1824 York, Yorkshire, England [1871,1881,1891 Census].
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesKensington Palace Barracks, St Margaret’s, Westminster, Middlesex (1851).
9 Victoria Road, Melksham, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (1871).
5 Westbourne Road, Melksham, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (1881).
Westbourne Road, Melksham, Trowbridge, Wiltshire (1891).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
TradeCarpenter.
Builder (1891).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 8½ ins. Complexion: tanned fair. Eyes: grey. Hair: dark brown – grey.
Marks or Scars: scar on chin.
Marriage date and place25 Aug 1851 St. John the Baptist Church, Hoxton, Middlesex.
SpouseMary Ann BERRETT (Berritt).
ChildrenMary Ann b. 1852, Toodyay, Western Australia.
James b. 1853 (d.1854) Northam?, Western Australia.
Mary Jane b. 1855 (d.1855), Port Gregory, Western Australia.
Robert b. 1857, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Jane  b.1859, Fremantle, Western Australia (recorded as Hanshaw).
Helen b. 1861, Guildford, Western Australia.
Sarah b. 1863, Weymouth, Dorset, England.
Abraham b. 1866, Queenstown, Cork, Ireland (recorded as Hanshaw).
William b. 1867, Melksham, Wiltshire.
Isabella b. 1869, Melksham, Wiltshire.
Death date and place29 Jan 1892 Melksham, Wiltshire.
Burial date and place29 Jan 1892 Trowbridge Cemetery, Wiltshire.
Will and Probate5 Mar 1892 Salisbury Probate Registry. Effects £144 5s.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#837 Private.
Attestation date and place6 Apr 1844 Glasgow, Lanark.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 10 years 9 months.
MustersWO11-126 20th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
PromotionsPrivate to 2nd Corporal 1 May 1859.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 3 Oct 1860.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Jul 1864.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFour Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Court Martial7 Oct 1862 (offence unknown).
24 times entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place31 Oct 1865 Spike Island, Cork.
Length of Service21 years 207 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1361-91.
Post Discharge ResidenceWestbury, Wiltshire.
Pension DistrictTrowbridge.
Pension1/3½d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipAnna Robertson. 
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p.101].
Toodyay Convict Depot Jan 1852 to Dec 1853.
Port Gregory (Lynton) Convict Depot Aug 1854 to Dec 1855 (at least).
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WALincelles.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.