PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasWilliam SIMPSON
Birth date and placec. 1820 Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesKensington 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).
TradeCarpenter.
Joiner and  Undertaker (1871).
Coal Merchant (1881).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 8½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place2 May 1843 St Mary Magdalene, Gillingham, Kent.
SpouseJanet DUNLOP.
ChildrenWilliam 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 placeAfter 1891. Indistinguishable in records.
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death/Funeral Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#669 Private.
Attestation date and place19 Apr 1842 Glasgow, Lanark.
Service/CampaignsGibraltar 5 years 11 months.
Western Australia 10 years 10 months.
MustersWO11-123 5th Company, Woolwich & Hyde Park (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-207 (1862) Western Australia.
PromotionsPrivate to 2nd Corporal 15 Aug 1855.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 Aug 1860.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Dec 1863.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFive Good Conduct Badges.
Other Awards & PrizesThe Great Exhibition 1851.
Bronze Medal and Present.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Regimental Court MartialTried, 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 place16 Jan 1866 Chatham.
Length of Service23 years 265 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1363-243.
Post Discharge ResidenceNo. 141 Gallowgate Street, Glasgow.
Pension1/8d. 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.189].
Subscriptions to FundsNightingale Fund 1857.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 21 Jan 1853.
Inquirer & Commercial News 21 Jan 1857.
Ship ex-WALincelles.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 27 Apr 1862 for Cape of Good Hope and London.