PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasWilliam Higgins TOWNSEND
Birth date and place23 Jul 1831 Coventry, Warwickshire, England.
Baptism date and place27 Jul 1831 St Michael’s Parish, Coventry, Warwickshire.
Civil Census ResidencesNear the High Street, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire (1841).
Kensington Palace Barracks, Westminster, Middlesex (1851).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
TradeMason.
Physical Description
Marriage date and place29 Apr 1855 St Patrick’s Church, Fremantle, Western Australia.
SpouseMargaret KEAUGHRAN.
ChildrenFrancis John b. 1856 at sea en route from Western Australia to England.
Margaret Maria b. 1858 Fremantle, Western Australia.
Alice b. 1859 Perth, Western Australia.
William Edward b. 1862, Perth, Western Australia.
Mary b. 1864 (d.1864) Newcastle (Toodyay), Western Australia.
Cornelius Louis b. 1865, Toodyay, Western Australia.
Winnifred b. 1868 (d.1870), Bunbury, Western Australia.
Winnifred Ursula b. 1871, Perth, Western Australia.
Jerome Absolem b. 1873 (d.1873), Bunbury, Western Australia.
Mary Agnes b. 1874 (d.1874), Bunbury, Western Australia.
Death date and place6 Nov 1894 Northam, Western Australia.
Cause of Death: Apoplexy.
Burial date and place7 Nov 1894 Skinner Street Cemetery (R.C.), Fremantle, Western Australia.
13 Nov 1894 Solemn Requiem Mass, St Patrick’s Church, Fremantle.
Will and ProbateWill: 4 Oct 1894. Probate: 14 Mar 1895, Supreme Court of Western Australia.
[Cons. 3403-1895-028].
Death/Funeral NoticesWest Australian 7 & 14 Nov 1894.
Western Mail 10 Nov 1894.
WA Record 15 Nov 1894.
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#2525 Sapper.
Attestation date and placec. 1850.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia.
MustersWO11-126 22nd Company, Chatham & Hyde Park (1851).
WO11-130 (1852) to WO11-146 (1856) Western Australia.
WO11-158 (1858) to WO11-199 (1861) Western Australia.
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and Badges
Other Awards & PrizesThe Great Exhibition 1851.
Bronze Medal and Presents.
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts Martial
Discharge date and place30 Dec 1861, Perth, Western Australia.
Length of ServiceApprox. 11 years.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceNo Chelsea Pension WO97 records extant.
Post Discharge ResidencePerth or Fremantle, Western Australia.
Pension DistrictNot applicable.
PensionNot applicable.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Ship(1) Marion.
(2) Nile.
Departure and Arrival dates(1) Dep. Plymouth 2 Nov 1851. Arr. Fremantle 30 Jan 1852.
(2) Dep. Plymouth 23 Sep 1857. Arr. Fremantle 1 Jan 1858.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker pp.203/204].
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionEligible for £10 remission on 20 acres of land [CSR499-15].
Northam, Western Australia (details unknown).
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 15 Aug 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.