PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasCharles MILSOM
Birth date and place6 Jul 1819 Bedminster, Somerset, England.
Baptism date and placeJul 1819 St John’s Church, Bedminster, Somerset, England.
Civil Census Residences13 Middle Street, Brompton, Kent (1851).
See Musters below (1841, 1851, 1861).Dorcas Milsom (widow) and various children at 17 New Street, Bideford, Devon
(1871, 1881 and 1891).
TradeSmith (Blacksmith).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 8 ins. Complexion: dark. Hair: brown. Eyes: brown.
Marks or Scars: Name on left arm.
Marriage date and placec. 1843 Gibraltar (no record extant).
SpouseDorcas Maria GARLAND.
ChildrenCharles b. 1844, Gibraltar.
Harriett Maria b. 1846, Gibraltar.
Caroline b. 1847, Gibraltar.
Maria b. 1849, Woolwich, Kent.
John b. 1855, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Elizabeth b. 1857, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Eliza b. 1859, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Death date and place1866 Q1 Bideford, Devon.
Burial date and place
Will and ProbateNone.
Death Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#24 Sapper.
Attestation date and place26 Mar 1840 Devonport, Devon.
Service/CampaignsGibraltar 7 years 9 months.
Western Australia 10 years 10 months.
MustersWO11-92 7th Company, Captain Gordon’s Detachment, Gibraltar (1841).
WO11-124 11th Company, Chatham (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
Promotions & ReductionsSapper to 2nd Corporal 1 May 1853.
2nd Corporal to Sapper 3 Mar 1854.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFour Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Courts MartialTried and reduced (to Sapper) for absence without leave 28 Feb to 2 Mar 1854.
Two Regimental offences (no details available).
Discharge date and place27 Nov 1862 Chatham.
Length of Service22 years 244 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1364-234.
Post Discharge ResidenceHigh Street, Bideford, Devon.
Pension1/0½d. per diem.
Assistance to widow refused 9 Jun 1896 via Rev. R Granville.
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.152 see sidebar].
Guildford Convict Depot Aug 1852 to May 1853.
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 26 Dec 1851.
Ship ex-WALincelles.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.