Name/Alias John WATSON
Birth date and place c. 1824 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences 5 Brook Hill Road, Woolwich, Kent, England (1851).
Trade Bricklayer.
Physical Description Height: 5 ft. 9½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: fair.
Marriage date and place Possibly in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Spouse Elizabeth BELL.
Children Unnamed child b. 1851 at sea on ‘Anna Robertson’ en route from London to Western Australia (see sidebar reference by Barker p.212).
Oceana b. 1853, Perth, Western Australia.
Elizabeth b. 1857, Melbourne, Victoria.
Death date and place
Burial date and place
Will and Probate
Death/Funeral Notices
Corps and Company Royal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank #608 Private.
Attestation date and place 20 Jan 1842 Glasgow, Lanark.
Service/Campaigns Halifax, Nova Scotia 7 years 3 months.
Australia 6 years.
Musters WO11-126 Detachment, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-158 (1858) Western Australia.
Promotions None.
Medals, Clasps and Badges Two Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/Medical Sick and on furlough Dec 1856 to Jan 1858 (Musters).
Courts Martial Tried by General Court Martial and Imprisoned 31 May to 30 Jul 1847.
Tried by Regimental Court Martial and Imprisoned 20 Mar to 28 Mar 1851.
Suspended from 6th Class Good Conduct Pay from 20 Mar 1851.
Restored to the 6th Class Good Conduct Pay 29 Mar 1852.
Other Offences in WA On 12 Mar 1855 arrested by Visiting Magistrate for drunkenness and misconduct [Barker p.212].
1d. per day forfeited for one year from 14 Mar 1855 per entry in Defaulters Book (not extant).
Discharge date and place 31 Dec 1857 Melbourne, Victoria.
Length of Service 15 years 276 days.
Chelsea Pension Reference WO131-0037 Deferred Pension.
WO131-0041 Deferred Pension. Examination 25 May 1858.
Post Discharge Residence Melbourne, Victoria.
Pension District Melbourne.
Pension 6d. per diem. Deferred pension at 50 years of age.
Ship Anna Robertson.
Departure and Arrival dates Dep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WA Instructing Warder [Barker p.212. See sidebar].
Mt Eliza Convict Depot Feb 1852 to Feb 1855.
Subscriptions to Funds None.
Land Acquisition None in Western Australia.
Newspaper Articles Perth Gazette 26 Dec 1851.
Ship ex-WA Unknown.
Departure date and destination Dep. Fremantle c. 1857/58 for Melbourne.
Child born in Melbourne 1857, but last recorded on Muster Roll & Pay List, WA  January 1858.