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Enrolled Military Pensioners Force

 

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The Regiments
Known as (nickname)...................................................
Facings..........................................................................
Braided Lace................................................................
Service in Australia .................................................... 1850 - 1880
This unit served in Western Australia 1850 - 1880 and Tasmania. The unit was made up of men from, Serving Military units, who had retired or had been pensioned out of service. Many had served in Australia as convict guards in the past and had returned to serve within this force. The Pensioner force took over many of the rolls of the line Regiments which allowed them to be transferred out of Australia  NOTE : This unit is not to be confused with the Enrolled Pensioner Guard of Western Australia nor the Veteran Corps . They are very different units and served at different times. 
In 1849, the British Government and the Western Australian Legislative Council agreed to send convicts to the Swan River Colony. The introduction of convicts was opposed by the majority of colonists but the Legislative Council of the late 1840s was weighted in the pastoralists' favour and their view carried. The introduction of convicts also meant the introduction of members of the Enrolled Pensioner Force who acted as guards on the convict ships. The Enrolled Pensioner Force was made up of British army veterans who had completed their period of service, or been retrenched or wounded, and had been placed on a small pension and were enrolled under the command of a half-pay officer in their own locality.

 

Surnames of the Enrolled Military Pensioner Force Soldiers who stayed
Ships the Enrolled Pensioner  Force sailed on
Many soldiers severed with the Pinjarrah Mounted Volunteers, the first mounted unit raised in Western Australia
Camden Harbour Settlement
GUARDS Lost at sea the sinking of  "S/S Emma"
 
References
Family members, Military records of the Military Pensioners Unit , Pay rolls, Pay Musters, Cemetery Records, Church Records & General Muster Records. Reference: Records of the Military Pensioners Unit ,Mitchell Library ,Sydney, Australia
Wellington's Military Machine (Philip J. Haythornthaite) published 1995
Family Members,
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Last revised: April 10, 2009.