PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJohn THOMSON.
Birth date and placec. 1826 Ceres, Cupar, Fifeshire, Scotland.
Baptism date and placeIndistinguishable.
Civil Census ResidencesKensington Palace Barracks, Westminster, Middlesex, England (1851).
See Musters below (1851, 1861, 1871).
TradeMason.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9 ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: grey. Hair: light brown.
Marriage date and placeSingle in Western Australia [WO1-437-220].
Spouse
Children
Death date and place6 Mar 1889 Royal Chelsea Hospital, Middlesex.
Burial date and placeMarch 1889 Military Section, NW Corner, Brompton Cemetery, Kent.
Will and ProbateWill proved 23 Mar 1889, Principle Registry. Executor John Burnett.
Personal Estate £18 13s. 11d.
Death/Funeral Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#2469 Private.
Attestation date and place5 Dec 1849 Glasgow, Lanark.
27 Feb 1862. Re-enlisted for further 9 years.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 4 years 5 months.
Cape of Good Hope 8 years 11 months.
MustersWO11-126 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).
PromotionsPrivate to Sapper 27 Sep 1858.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesFour Good Conduct Badges.
Other Awards & PrizesThe Great Exhibition 1851.
Bronze Medal and Present.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts MartialNone.
Four times entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place30 May 1871 Dublin.
Length of Service21 years 177 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1857-28.
Post Discharge Residence7 Westcourt Street, Old Brompton, Chatham.
Pension District
Pension1/- per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipMarion.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Portland 2 Nov 1851. Arr. Fremantle 30 Jan 1852.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder.
Guildford Convict Depot Sep 1853 for one month.
Mt Eliza Convict Depot Nov 1855 for one month.
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 29 Feb 1856.
Ship ex-WAEsmeralda. See Crimean War Connection.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 25 Feb 1856, via Cape of Good Hope and St Helena to London.