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Private William Rockliff (1790 ...1838)

Private William Rockliff arrived in Australia with his wife and family in 1824. They were on board the ship
*"Earl Godfrey" * On the voyage out they had a daughter whom they named Ann Godfrey Rockliff . As a member of the 40th Regiment he served at Parramatta and Launceston Tasmania. William was sent to India with his Regiment and was wounded . During his return to England 2 February 1838 he died of these wounds. William had a son William born in Sydney 23rd of October 1825. He in turn had a child Roger Ayton Rockliff who returned to Tasmania to live in 1878. Roger and his family moved to Sydney around 1900. Ayton's son William Montgomery Rockliff followed the family military tradition by being a member of the 10th Battalion during the First World War . He was among the first A.N.Z.A.C.s who landed at Gallipoli. William Montgomery went on to serve at Pozieres France and was awarded the Military Medal at Galloipoli and the Military Cross at Pozieres.

*"Earl Godfrey" * yet to be 100% proven

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Last revised: August 05, 2001.