PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/Alias William Higgins TOWNSEND
Birth date and place 23 Jul 1831 Coventry, Warwickshire, England.
Baptism date and place 27 Jul 1831 St Michael’s Parish, Coventry, Warwickshire.
Civil Census Residences Near the High Street, Bletchley, Buckinghamshire (1841).
Kensington Palace Barracks, Westminster, Middlesex (1851).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
Trade Mason.
Physical Description
Marriage date and place 29 Apr 1855 St Patrick’s Church, Fremantle, Western Australia.
Spouse Margaret KEAUGHRAN.
Children Francis 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 place 6 Nov 1894 Northam, Western Australia.
Cause of Death: Apoplexy.
Burial date and place 7 Nov 1894 Skinner Street Cemetery (R.C.), Fremantle, Western Australia.
13 Nov 1894 Solemn Requiem Mass, St Patrick’s Church, Fremantle.
Will and Probate Will: 4 Oct 1894. Probate: 14 Mar 1895, Supreme Court of Western Australia.
[Cons. 3403-1895-028].
Death/Funeral Notices West Australian 7 & 14 Nov 1894.
Western Mail 10 Nov 1894.
WA Record 15 Nov 1894.
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #2525 Sapper.
Attestation date and place c. 1850.
Service/Campaigns Western Australia.
Musters WO11-126 22nd Company, Chatham & Hyde Park (1851).
WO11-130 (1852) to WO11-146 (1856) Western Australia.
WO11-158 (1858) to WO11-199 (1861) Western Australia.
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges
Other Awards & Prizes The Great Exhibition 1851.
Bronze Medal and Presents.
Casualty/Medical None.
Courts Martial
Discharge date and place 30 Dec 1861, Perth, Western Australia.
Length of Service Approx. 11 years.
Chelsea Pension Reference No Chelsea Pension WO97 records extant.
Post Discharge Residence Perth or Fremantle, Western Australia.
Pension District Not applicable.
Pension Not 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 WA Instructing Warder [Barker pp.203/204].
Subscriptions to Funds None.
Land Acquisition Eligible for £10 remission on 20 acres of land [CSR499-15].
Northam, Western Australia (details unknown).
Newspaper Articles Perth Gazette 15 Aug 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.