PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/Alias John THOMSON.
Birth date and place c. 1826 Ceres, Cupar, Fifeshire, Scotland.
Baptism date and place Indistinguishable.
Civil Census Residences Kensington Palace Barracks, Westminster, Middlesex, England (1851).
See Musters below (1851, 1861, 1871).
Trade Mason.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 9 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: grey. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and place Single in Western Australia [WO1-437-220].
Spouse
Children
Death date and place 6 Mar 1889 Royal Chelsea Hospital, Middlesex.
Burial date and place March 1889 Military Section, NW Corner, Brompton Cemetery, Kent.
Will and Probate Will proved 23 Mar 1889, Principle Registry. Executor John Burnett.
Personal Estate £18 13s. 11d.
Death/Funeral Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #2469 Private.
Attestation date and place 5 Dec 1849 Glasgow, Lanark.
27 Feb 1862. Re-enlisted for further 9 years.
Service/Campaigns Western Australia 4 years 5 months.
Cape of Good Hope 8 years 11 months.
Musters WO11-126 22nd Company, Chatham & Hyde Park (1851)
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-146 (1956) Western Australia.
WO11-191 12th Company, Grahamstown, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa (1861).
WO11-359 12th Company, Camden Fort, Cork, Ireland (1871).
Promotions Private to Sapper 27 Sep 1858.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Four Good Conduct Badges.
Other Awards & Prizes The Great Exhibition 1851.
Bronze Medal and Present.
Casualty/Medical None.
Courts Martial None.
Four times entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place 30 May 1871 Dublin.
Length of Service 21 years 177 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1857-28.
Post Discharge Residence 7 Westcourt Street, Old Brompton, Chatham.
Pension District
Pension 1/- per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Marion.
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Portland 2 Nov 1851. Arr. Fremantle 30 Jan 1852.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder.
Subscriptions to Funds None.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Newspaper Articles Perth Gazette 29 Feb 1856.
Ship ex-WA Esmeralda. See Crimean War Connection.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 25 Feb 1856, via Cape of Good Hope and St Helena to London.