PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasThomas THORNDYCROFT (many surname variations).
Birth date and placec. 1826, Linton, Maidstone, Kent, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census ResidencesWaterman’s Road, Woolwich, Kent (1851).
Brompton Hospital for Royal Engineers, Brompton, Kent (1861).
(Royal Engineers Establishment, Brompton Barracks – wife and five children (1861).
Her Majesty’s Royal Hospital for In Pensioners, Chelsea, London (1871).
TradeWheeler.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place18 Feb 1848 St Mary’s Church, Higham, Kent.
SpouseCaroline HIGGINS.
ChildrenThomas Edward b. 1846, Frindsbury or Strood, Kent (as Thorndicraft).
Elizabeth (Fanny?) b. 1849, Woolwich, Kent.
Samuel James b. 1851, Woolwich, Kent (as Thorndycraft [baptism] and Thornedecraft [registration]).
Caroline b. 1853, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Harry b. 1855, Fremantle, Western Australia (as Thorndycraft).
Jessie b. 1858 (d. 1-day old), Fremantle, Western Australia.
Jessie b. 1859, Fremantle, Western Australia (as Thorndicroft).
Death date and placeAdmitted to Chelsea Hospital In-Patient 1 Apr 1869.
13 May 1875 Chelsea Hospital, Middlesex.
Cause of Death: Disease of the lungs and secondary heart affection.
Burial date and place17 May 1875, The West London Cemetery, Brompton, Kent.
Will and ProbateNone.
Death Notices
ROYAL NAVY SERVICE DETAILS
Service, Ship & MedalsService in the Royal Navy for six years (c.1840 – 1845).
Note: Service records not available from The National Archives prior to 1853.
Naval General Service Medal for Syria on Her Majesty’s steam frigate Vesuvius. 
Employed during the operations on the coast of Syria and attack on St Jean d’Acre [ADM171-6-259,262].
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#386 Sapper.
Attestation date and place28 Sep 1847 Woolwich, Kent.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 8 years.
MustersWO11-126 20th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1852) to WO11-169 (1959) Western Australia.
WO11-191 22nd Company, Chatham and Oregon (1861).
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesThree Good Conduct Badges.
Other Awards & Prizes
Casualty/MedicalThis man’s health has been failing ever since his return from Australia about two years. He now suffers from shortness of breath and cough – he has also had haemoptysis.  He has been doing light duty only for months past.
He is unfit for further service in consequence of emphysema of the lungs and secondary heart affection. (Left lung chiefly affected).
(Signed Chatham 17th September 1861).
Courts MartialNone.
One Regimental Offence (details unknown).
Discharge date and place31 Oct 1861 Chatham.
Length of Service13 years 34 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1364-101.
Post Discharge ResidenceThe Marquis of Anglesey, Woolwich.
Pension9d. per diem for four years.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship Marion.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Plymouth 23 Sep 1857. Arr. Fremantle 1 Jan 1858.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder.
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WARobert Morrison.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 4 Oct 1859 for Cape of Good Hope and London.