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Private Joseph Pilling (c.1778....)


Back To . . .48th Foot .The Northamptonshire Regiment

  • Born : circa 1778
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  • Occupation : Butcher / Soldier
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  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 8/5/1805 age 27
  • Where Enlisted : Marllow
  • Date of Discharge :1824
  • Where Discharged : Sydney
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  • Spouse's Name :  died in October of 1823
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    Private Joseph Pilling arrived in Australia as part of the North Hamptonshire Regiment (48th
    Regiment of Foot) contingent, one of three ships. "Dick" on 3/11/1817 The" Barque..Matilda ", and HM. ship " Lloyd's " being the other two . He began his military career in 1805 aged 27. Joseph Pilling was stationed at Cox's River, at which time he was a Sergeant. Following their relief Sergeant,Pilling marched his detatchment from Bathurst to Sydney but marched his men as a ramshakle group the reason being is that Sergeant Pilling spent two days of the march drunk. As a consequence of his actions he was court marshaled and found guilty of "Unsoldierly like Behaviour " As punishment he was reduced in rank to Private and remained this rank until his discharge. He was also issued with 150 lashes but this was remitted.
    He was given the duty of servant to Francois Sieberg a naturalist in May of 1823 . Pilling and his wife
    took up residence at Sieberg's house at Bathurst ,where they stayed and carried out the duties required. Unfortunately Pilling's wife died in October of 1823. and Joseph was recalled to Sydney,ending his work as a servant.
    He was not awarded the General Service Medal .

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    Last revised: April 15, 2007.