PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasWilliam SPRY 
Birth date and place13 Sep 1828 Knackers Knowle, Plymouth, Devon, England.
Private Baptism date and place24 Sep 1828 St Edwards Church, Eggbuckland, Plymouth, Devon.
Civil Census ResidencesFore Street, Tamerton Foliott, Plymouth, Devon (1841 tentative).
25 Melbourn Place, Plumstead, Kent (1851).
Westcourt Street, Chatham, Kent (1861).
23 Cambridge Road, Stoke Damerel, Devon (1871).
Knackers Knowle, St Budeaux, Devon (1881).
10 Duke Street, Plymouth, Devon (1891).
TradeCoach Painter.
Lodging House Keeper (1891).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 6¼ ins. Complexion: swarthy. Eyes: hazel. Hair: dark.
Marriage date and place4 Sep 1850 St Thomas Charlton Church, Greenwich, Kent.
SpouseSarah WRIGHT.
ChildrenAnn Elizabeth b. 1851, Woolwich, Kent.
Mary Emma b. 1854 (d.1855), Perth, Western Australia.
Frederick William b. 1859, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Death date and place1897 Q3 Stoke Damerel District, Devon.
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#2108 Sapper.
Attestation date and place5 Sep 1848 Devonport, Devon.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 8 years 4 months.
Gibraltar 4 years 7 months.
Malta 3 years 9 months.
MustersWO11-126 20th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-172 (1860) Western Australia.
WO11-190 9th Company, Corfu (1861).
WO11-193 Chatham Depot (1861).
PromotionsSapper to 2nd Corp 1 Aug 1860.
2nd Corp to Corporal 1 Dec 1861.
Corp to Sergeant 1 Jan 1865.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFour Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts MartialNone.
Discharge date and place8 Mar 1870 Cork Harbour.
Length of Service21 years 185 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1364-90.
Post Discharge Residence9 Peverel Terrace, Mutley, Plymouth.
Pension20d. 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.194].
Convict Depots at Fremantle, Guildford, York, Port Gregory, Freshwater Bay.
York Convict Depot Apr 1854 to Dec 1855 (at least).
Subscriptions to FundsPatriotic Fund 1855.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Newspaper ArticlesInquirer & Commercial News 9 May 1855.
Ship ex-WALord Raglan.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 26 Jan 1860 for Cape of Good Hope and London.