PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJohn LIDFORD 
Birth date and place1828 Chatham, Kent, England.
Baptism date and place17 Aug 1828 St Mary’s Church, Chatham, Kent.
Civil Census ResidencesFrancis Street, Deptford, Greenwich, Kent (1841).
Kensington Palace Barracks, Westminster, Middlesex (1851).
69 Culvert Road, Battersea, Wandsworth, London (1881).
Crescent Place, Kensington, London (1891).
See Musters (1851, 1861).
TradeMiner.
Museum Attendant (1881, 1891).
Physical Description
Marriage date and placeUnmarried.
SpouseUnmarried.
ChildrenNone.
Death date and place22 Apr 1893 11 Warriner Gardens, Battersea, Surrey.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate2 May 1893 Probate London Registry. Effects £65 19s. 3d.
Jun 1893 Effects Re-sworn £165 19s. 3d.
Death Duties reference IR27-522.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#2370 Private.
Attestation date and placec. 1849 Woolwich (tentative).
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 4 years 4 months.
India.
MustersWO11-126 22nd Company, Chatham & Hyde Park (1851).
WO11-130 (1852) to WO11-146 (1956) Western Australia.
WO11-188 23rd Company, ret. Hong Kong (1861).
WO12-10590 Cape Invalid Depot, Cape of Good Hope (1861).
PromotionsPrivate to 2nd Corporal (1857).
2nd Corporal to Corporal (1861).
Medals, Clasps and BadgesIndian Mutiny clasp Lucknow.
Other Awards & PrizesThe Great Exhibition 1851.
Bronze Medal and Present.
Casualty/Medical
Courts Martial
Discharge date and placec. 1861 (tentative).
Length of Service
Chelsea Pension ReferenceNo Chelsea Pension WO97 records extant.
Post Discharge Residence
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipMarion. 
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Portland 2 Nov 1851. Arr. Fremantle 30 Jan 1852.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p.127].
Road Parties: Bunbury, Bindoon, York.
Guildford Convict Depot Dec 1853 to Dec 1855 at least.
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WAEsmeralda.  See Crimean War Connection.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 25 Feb 1856, via Cape of Good Hope and St Helena to London.