Name/Alias Thomas THORNDYCROFT (many surname variations).
Birth date and place c. 1826, Linton, Maidstone, Kent, England.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences Waterman’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).
Trade Wheeler.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 9 ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: brown.
Marriage date and place 18 Feb 1848 St Mary’s Church, Higham, Kent.
Spouse Caroline HIGGINS.
Children Thomas 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 place Admitted 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 place 17 May 1875, The West London Cemetery, Brompton, Kent.
Will and Probate None.
Death Notices
Service, Ship & Medals Service 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].
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #386 Sapper.
Attestation date and place 28 Sep 1847 Woolwich, Kent.
Service/Campaigns Western Australia 8 years.
Musters WO11-126 20th Company, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1852) to WO11-169 (1959) Western Australia.
WO11-191 22nd Company, Chatham and Oregon (1861).
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Three Good Conduct Badges.
Other Awards & Prizes
Casualty/Medical This 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 Martial None.
One Regimental Offence (details unknown).
Discharge date and place 31 Oct 1861 Chatham.
Length of Service 13 years 34 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO97-1364-101.
Post Discharge Residence The Marquis of Anglesey, Woolwich.
Pension 9d. per diem for four years.
Ship  Marion.
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Plymouth 23 Sep 1857. Arr. Fremantle 1 Jan 1858.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder.
Subscriptions to Funds None.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Ship ex-WA Robert Morrison.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle 4 Oct 1859 for Cape of Good Hope and London.