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Private John Thompson (1785......1858)

Back To . . .Royal New South Wales Veterans Regiment ,
  • Born : 24 September 1785.
  • Where Born : Samlesbury Lancashire
  • Occupation : Labourer, Soldier
  • Regimental Number :
  • Date Arrived : 26 . August 1826
  • Ship Arrived on : " John Barry"
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Rank Attained: Sergeant First Regiment of Foot (or Grenadier) Guards
  • Enlisted : First Regiment of Foot (or Grenadier) Guards
  • Date of Enlistment   :25th Day of November 1803
  • Where Enlisted   : Horsham in the County of Sussex  at the age of Eighteen
  • Date of Discharge   : Period of Service: From 25 Novr. 1803 to 16 May 1825.
  • Where Discharged    Westminster 
  • Date of Enlistment Veterans : 8. December 1825
  • Where Enlisted Veterans:  Mullingar in Ireland
  • Date of Discharge Veterans: 25 . January. 1830
  • Where Discharged Veterans: Hobart, Tasmania
  • Died : 12. August . 1858
  • Where Died / Buried : Launceston Tasmania / Cypress Street Cemetery C of E Section
  • Parents Names : John Thompson (b.....d.) & Alice Murray (b.....d.)
  • 1st Spouse's Name : Harriet Thompson
  • Date Married :
  • Where Married :
  • Born : c. 1797
  • Where Born :
  • Occupation : Soldiers Wife
  • Date Arrived :
  • Ship Arrived on :
  • Died :30. June 1840 age 46
  • Where Died / Buried : Launceston Tasmania
  • Spouse's Parents :
  • 2nd Spouse's Name : Eleanor Hunt
  • Date Married :25 . May 1842
  • Where Married : Launceston
  • Born : Circa 1790
  • Where Born :
  • Occupation :
  • Date Arrived : 26August 1826
  • Ship Arrived on : " John Barry"
  • Died : 21. April 1859 age 69
  • Where Died / Buried : Campbell Town , Hobart
  • Spouse's Parents :
  • THOMPSON, Harriet CD 877618 Death
    Sex: Female
    Age at Death: 46
    Death Date: 30 Jun 1840
    Reg Year: 1840 Reg State: Tasmania
    Ref Number: 362

    THOMPSON, Eleanor CD 877047 Death
    Sex: Female
    Age at Death: 69
    Death Date: 21 Apr 1859
    Reg Year: 1859 Reg State: Tasmania
    Ref Number: 51


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    Area Settled :
    Launceston Tasmania
    Children :
    1 . Elizabeth Maria Thompson (b.27/3/1827......d.14/9/1915) m 1846 Launceston John Denny (b........)
    2 . John Burns Thompson (b.27/3/1829........d.23/2/1898) m 1855 Caharlotte Ives (b.1834.....d.)
    3 . James George Thompson (b.3/12/1830.......d.31/1/1831 )
    4 . Augustus Thompson(b. 1832.......d.1884 Hobart ) m 1864 Mary Anne Featherstone (b.....d.1878 Oatlands )
    THOMPSON, Augustus CC 2028328 Christening
    Sex: Male Father: John
    Mother: Harriett U
    Event Date: 17 Jul 1832
    Reg Year: 1832 Reg State: Tasmania
    Ref Number: 4530

    History & Achievements :

    Private John Thompson began his military career as a member of the Grenadier Guards . John would have discharged in England and enlisted in the Royal New South Wales Veterans Company Regiment (; service in Australia ; 1810 - 1823 & 1826 - 1833) arriving in Australia as part of the Number 3 Company Royal Veterans of Tasmania 1826 - 1833 . These men arrived in Van Diemans land 26/8/1826 on the ship " John Barry" Following his discharge, John applied for and recieved a grant of land at Frederick Street Launceston. This grant was at Veteran's Row . John married Eleanor Hunt, the widow of fellow soldiers , . William Hunt , . and , . Alexander Fullerton .

    John Thompson's obituary was recorded in the Launceston Examiner . It states the following. " At his residence , Frederick Street , Mr John Thompson aged 74, Late Sgt Grenadier Guards. Bur Cyress St C of E Section "
    His Majesty's 1st (or Grenadier) Regt of Foot Guards, whereof F. M. His Royal Highness The Duke of York, K.G. AND G.C.B. is Colonel.
    These are to Certify
    I. That John Thompson born in the Parish of Lamesbury [clearly written but just possibly Lauresbury or Lainesbury or Lancesbury or something similar, although several people looking at it say it is Lamesbury, and I have a photocopy for anyone to check] in or near the town of --------- [unfortunately blank] in the County of Lancaster was enlisted for the aforesaid Regiment at Horsham in the County of Sussex on the 25th Day of November 1803 at the age of Eighteen for Unlimited Service.
    II. That he has served in the Army for the space of 21 Years and 234 days after the Age of Eighteen, according to the subjoined Statement of Service:
    In What Corps: Grenr. Guards.
    Period of Service: From 25 Novr. 1803 to 16 May 1825.
    Private: 21 years, 234 days.
    Total: 21 years, 234 days.
    III That by the authority of HRH The Commander in Chief, dated 7th May 1823, he is hereby discharged in consequence of Length of Service.
    IV. That he is not, to my knowledge, incapacitated by the Sentence of a General Court Martial, from receiving Pension.
    V. That his general conduct as a Soldier has been good.
    VI. That he has received all just Demands of Pay, Clothing, etc., from his Entry into Service to the date of this discharge, as appears by his receipt underneath.
    VII. I, John Thompson, do hereby acknowledge that I have received all my Clothing, Pay, Arrears of Pay, and all just Demands whatsoever, from the time of my Entry into Service to the time of this Discharge.
    Certified by Jno Christie, Segt, Clerk[?] Gendr Guards. Signature of Soldier, John Thompson.
    VIII. To prevent any improper use being made of this Discharge, by its falling into other hands, the following is a Description of the said John Thompson. He is about Forty Years of Age, is five Feet seven Inches in Height, Brown Hair, blue Eyes, fair Complexion, and by trade or Occupation a Weaver. Given under my hand and the seal of the Regiment at Whitehall this 16th day of May 1825.
    Signed ..... [illegible] Commanding Officer. [End of Document]
    WO 97/213/18 JOHN THOMPSON
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