PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasWilliam John NEWTON 
Birth date and place18 Jul 1820 Gillingham, Chatham, Kent, England.
Baptism date and place30 Jul 1820 St Mary Magdalene Church, Gillingham, Kent.
Civil Census ResidencesWatermans Fields, Woolwich, Kent (1851).
3 Cambridge Terrace, Leeds, Yorkshire (1871).
7 Preston Terrace, Leeds, Yorkshire (1881).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
TradeCarpenter.
Time Keeper in Iron Foundry (1871).
Master Joiner (1881).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place1839 Q1 Lewisham St Mary’s, Kent.
SpouseMary BECKETT.
ChildrenBartholomew b. 1839, Woolwich, Kent.
Mary Jane b. 1843, Gibraltar.
John b. 1845, Gibraltar.
Maria b. 1849, Gibraltar.
Emma Catherine b. 1851 at sea on ‘Anna Robertson’ en route to Western Australia.
Sophia b. 1853, Fremantle, Western Australia.
James Henry b. 1855, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Frances b. 1857, Fremantle, Western Australia.
George b. 1859 (d.1859), Fremantle, Western Australia.
Martha Jane b. 1861, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Mary Ann b. 1863, Weymouth, Dorset.
Death date and place1888 Q1 Leeds, Yorkshire.
Burial date and place
Will and ProbateNone.
Death/Funeral Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#1435 Bugler.
Attestation date and place18 Jan 1832, Woolwich, Kent (aged 11 year 6 months).
Service/CampaignsHalifax, Nova Scotia 1 year 9 months.
Gibraltar 9 years 8 months.
Western Australia 10 years 9 months.
MustersWO11-123 2nd Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
PromotionsSapper to 2nd Corporal 1 May 1859.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Aug 1860.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Mar 1863.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFive Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (gratuity).
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place18 Jul 1865 Curragh Camp, Kildare, Ireland.
Length of Service27 years 1 day.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1363-24.
Post Discharge ResidenceBarrack Department, Curragh Camp.
Pension1/9d. 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. 160].
Subscriptions to FundsNightingale Fund 1857.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News 21 Jan 1857.
Perth Gazette 1 Jul 1859 (see sidebar).
Inquirer & Commercial News 20 Jul 1859.
Ship ex-WALincelles.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.