Wardhaugh, Adam

There is very little information available for Adam Wardhaugh as his service number and record of service in the Army are not available. However, other sources indicate that:

Wardhaugh was born c. 1817 in Newland, Bridgend, Peebleshire, Scotland and married Helen Muir at St Cuthberts Church, Edinburgh on 18th March 1836.

Royal Arsenal Woolwich

Wardhaugh joined the Sappers & Miners in the latter part of 1841; he was a blacksmith by trade. By March 1851 he was serving in the 2nd Company of RSM and residing in the RSM Barracks at Woolwich Arsenal with his fellow soldiers.

Adam and Helen embarked on the migrant and troop ship Anna Robertson on 10th September 1851 bound for the Swan River Colony. There is no indication that any children accompanied them.

Adam arrived in Fremantle 18th December 1851 as part of a contingent of 65 Sappers and Miners , the ‘second wave’ of men who joined Captain Henderson as the 20th Company, RSM. Adam took up his position as Instructing Warder but the musters do not indicate that he was stationed at any of the outlying convict depots. His trade would suggest he worked in the Fremantle depot blacksmith shop.

Perth Gazette 6th March 1857

In September 1854 Wardhaugh faced a Detachment Court Martial and was sentenced to be deprived of 1d. a day of his pay from 9th of that month for six months; thus his pay was restored on 3rd March 1855.

Adam Wardhaugh is first reported in the musters as ‘sick’ in November 1856 and this continues until the following March. There is no cause of his illness on record. However, it was sufficiently serious for him to be sent back to England.

The Wardhaughs embarked on the Dolphin on 2nd March 1857. There is no mention in the newspaper that their son John, born in Fremantle in 1855, accompanied them. If John died as an infant there is no record of death or burial extant.

Adam Wardhaugh’s death is registered in the Greenwich District in the third quarter of 1857.


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