PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/Alias William SIMPSON
Birth date and place c. 1820 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences Kensington Palace Barracks, St Margaret’s, Westminster, England (1851).
Family: Sapper Quarters, Opposite North Arch, Artillery Place, Woolwich, Kent (1851).
28 Balmono Street, Outer High or St Paul’s Central, Lanarkshire (1871).
129 Duke Street, Blackfriars, Glasgow, Lanarkshire (1881).
Duke Street, Blackfriars, Glasgow, Lanarkshire (1891).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
Trade Carpenter.
Joiner and  Undertaker (1871).
Coal Merchant (1881).
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 8½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place 2 May 1843 St Mary Magdalene, Gillingham, Kent.
Spouse Janet DUNLOP.
Children William b. 1843, Scotland.
David b. 1845, Gibraltar, Spain.
Tasia? b. 1849, Gibraltar, Spain.
Mary b. 1854, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Andrew b. 1856, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Colin b. 1859, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Margaret b. 1864, Medway District (tentative), England.
Death date and place After 1891. Indistinguishable in records.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death/Funeral Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #669 Private.
Attestation date and place 19 Apr 1842 Glasgow, Lanark.
Service/Campaigns Gibraltar 5 years 11 months.
Western Australia 10 years 10 months.
Musters WO11-123 5th Company, Woolwich & Hyde Park (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
Promotions Private to 2nd Corporal 15 Aug 1855.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Aug 1860.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Dec 1863.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Five Good Conduct Badges.
Other Awards & Prizes The Great Exhibition 1851.
Bronze Medal and Present.
Casualty/Medical None.
Regimental Court Martial Tried, sentenced and imprisoned for drunkenness 20 Feb to 27 Feb 1861.
Sentence for reduction in rank remitted.
Name entered once in Regimental Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place 16 Jan 1866 Chatham.
Length of Service 23 years 265 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1363-243.
Post Discharge Residence No. 141 Gallowgate Street, Glasgow.
Pension 1/8d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Anna Robertson. 
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder [Barker p.189].
Subscriptions to Funds Nightingale Fund 1857.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Newspaper Articles Perth Gazette 21 Jan 1853.
Inquirer & Commercial News 21 Jan 1857.
Ship ex-WA Lincelles.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.