PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJohn WATSON
Birth date and placec. 1824 Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.
Baptism date and place
Civil Census Residences5 Brook Hill Road, Woolwich, Kent, England (1851).
TradeBricklayer.
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 9½ ins. Complexion: fair. Eyes: blue. Hair: fair.
Marriage date and placePossibly in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
SpouseElizabeth BELL.
ChildrenUnnamed 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
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#608 Private.
Attestation date and place20 Jan 1842 Glasgow, Lanark.
Service/CampaignsHalifax, Nova Scotia 7 years 3 months.
Australia 6 years.
MustersWO11-126 Detachment, Woolwich (1851).
WO11-130 (1851) to WO11-158 (1858) Western Australia.
PromotionsNone.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesTwo Good Conduct Badges.
Casualty/MedicalSick and on furlough Dec 1856 to Jan 1858 (Musters).
Courts MartialTried 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 WAOn 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 place31 Dec 1857 Melbourne, Victoria.
Length of Service15 years 276 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO131-0037 Deferred Pension.
WO131-0041 Deferred Pension. Examination 25 May 1858.
Post Discharge ResidenceMelbourne, Victoria.
Pension DistrictMelbourne.
Pension6d. per diem. Deferred pension at 50 years of age.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipAnna Robertson.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Woolwich 10 Sep 1851. Arr. Fremantle 18 Dec 1851.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p.212. See sidebar].
Mt Eliza Convict Depot Feb 1852 to Feb 1855.
Subscriptions to FundsNone.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette 26 Dec 1851.
Ship ex-WAUnknown.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle c. 1857/58 for Melbourne.
Child born in Melbourne 1857, but last recorded on Muster Roll & Pay List, WA  January 1858.