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Sergeant William Charles Groundsell (.....1864)

Back To . . .12th Foot East Suffolk Regiment
  • Born : Circa
  • Where Born :
  • Occupation : Soldier
  • Date Arrived : 29th May 1854 Hobart Australia
  • Ship Arrived on : " Gloucester "
  • Rank on Discharge : Sergeant
  • Date of Enlistment :
  • Where Enlisted :
  • Regimental # : 2257
  • Date of Discharge :1864
  • Where Discharged : 1864 Died in service  
  • Died : 1864
  • Where Died / Buried : New Zealand
  • Parents Names :
  • Spouse's Name : Sarah Fisher (nee Filer)
  • Born : c1835
  • Where Born : England
  • Occupation : Soldiers Wife
  • Date Arrived : 29th May 1854 Hobart Australia
  • Ship Arrived on : " Gloucester "
  • Died : 1912 aged 77.
  • Where Died / Buried :
  • Date Married :
  • Where Married :
  • Spouse's Parents :

  • Descendants

    This information was kindly supplied by Tom Broderick
    Area Settled :
    Children :
    1 . James Groundsell, (b. Paddington in Sydney. May 1859...d.Hobart aged 23 months in 1861
    2 . Eliza Jane Groundsell, (b.1861....) m George Barnes. (b......d.)
    3 .
    Henry Groundsell, (b.1863

    History & Achievements :

    Sarah Fisher (nee Filer) was born in England. Ada Mason remembered her Gran sitting in a chair by the fire and smoking a clay pipe and telling her that she ran away from home, aged 16, and married a soldier and came to
    Australia. She later said the food on the ship was worse than her father gave his pigs to eat.
    We can assume that she came from a farm. Her father may have been a tenant farmer or yeoman farmer. She was married three times and was the mother of 13 children.
    Her first husband was William Groundsel a private in the East Suffolk Regiment, 12th Regiment of Foot. He was later promoted to Sergeant and was drowned while serving with the Regiment in New Zealand in 1864.
    The Pay and Muster Books of the 12th Regiment for the first quarter 1863, show him as stationed at Port Arthur.
    It is most likely she came out with the Regiment as one of the unknown 13 women on the Gloucester in May 1854. Her Death Certificate stated 55 years residence in Australia which means an arrival in 1857.
    After the death of her husband William, in 1863, Sarah, aged 29 and with two children aged 3 years and one year, married
    Private John Strahan. During seven years of marriage they had 2 children before he died in 1873, and a daughter Elizabeth born one month after his death.
    Sarah, then aged 36 and with five children from 10 years to one year, was married for the third time. Her third husband was Jesse Fisher an ex-convict who was, by then, a Constable at Port Arthur. They had a family of 4 children.
    Sarah died in 1912 aged 77. (Ages given on marriage certificates give her birth dates a range from 1834 -1837. 1835 seems the most likely year of birth.) She was the mother of 13 children, according to her death certificate. (6
    living, 7 deceased).  Only 10 children are known.

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