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Captain Robert Andrew Wauch ( Waugh, Wanch ) (1786 -1866)

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

  • Born : 1786
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  • Date Arrived : 15/3/1836
  • Ship Arrived on : " North Britan "
  • Rank on Discharge : Captain
  • Date of Enlistment : 1st of December 2nd/48th
  • Date of Discharge :September 1827, sold out his commission
  • Died : 23/11/ 1866
  • Where Died / Buried : Port Macquarie / on the property 'Yessabah' Kempsey N.S.W.
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  • Descendants
    Area Settled :
    Wauchope & Port Macquarie
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    Note all three spellings of his name above appear in records

    Captain Robert Andrew Wauch arrived in Australia on board the " North Britan "15/3/1836
    Originally the family name was Wauchope ,but because of a failed inheritance bid by Robert's father ,his
    father changed his name to Wauch. Robert Wauch began his military career as an Ensign on the 1st of December 1084, promoted to Lieutenant 5th of February 1807 then to Captain on the 15 of February 1810. During the battle of Albuera ,Robert Wauch sustained a slight wound and was returned to England.
    Following his discharge ,he purchased 767 acres on the West Bank of the King River . He named this
    property after his true family name 'Wauchope' it is this area that the town of 'Wauchope' has grown from. Later in life he moved to Port Macquarie . Passing away in 1866,he was buried on the property 'Yessabah' in the district of Kempsey
    For his military service he was awarded the General Service Medal with 6 clasps. , naming the battles in
    which he fought with distinction in the Peninsular War under the Duke Of Wellington . His General Service Medal represents the following Battles : Talavera -28/6/1809 : Busaco 27/9/1810 : Albuera 16/5/1811 : : Nivelle : Orthes 27/2/1814 : , Toulouse 10/4/1814 :
     
     
     
    Reference books :
    Records of the 48th . Mitchell Library ,Sydney,New South Wales.
    The Colonial Garrison 1817-1824 ( Clem Sargent ) published 1996
    Wellington's Military Machine ( Philip J. Haythornthaite) published 1995.
     
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    Copyright B & M Chapman (QLD) Australia
    Last revised: April 15, 2007.