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Private William Critchley (c1785..1847)


Back To . . .48th Foot .The Northamptonshire Regiment .
Royal New South Wales Veterans Regiment
  • Born : circa 1785
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  • Occupation : Soldier / Weaver
  • Date Arrived : 13 November 18170.
  • Ship Arrived on :on board one of three ships. The" Barque..Matilda ", The HM. ship " Lloyd's " or "Dick"
  • Rank on Discharge : Private
  • Date of Enlistment : 1801 , 2nd/48th
  • Where Enlisted : Manchester , England
  • Date of Discharge : September 1834
  • Where Discharged : India
  • Died : 13 June 1847
  • Where Died / Buried : West Maitland
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  • Spouse's Name : Catherine (Katherine ) Murphy(b.........d.)
  • Born : circa
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    At this point it is known that he had one child "William" . William had a daughter who in turn married the Grandfather of Garry O'Byrne.
    Garry has supplied some of the information for this page.

    Garry O'Byrne.

  • Area Settled :
    West Maitland
    Children :
    At this point it is known that he had one child "William" .

    History & Achievements :

    Private William Critchley arrived in Australia as part of the North Hamptonshire Regiment (48th Regiment of Foot) contingent, in 1817 on board one of three ships. The" Barque..Matilda ", The HM. ship " Lloyd's " or "Dick" . All three arrived carrying the 48th Regiment in 1817. Private William enlisted in Manchester England on the 14th of September 1803 at the age of 18 and eventually discharged in India on the 9th of July 1825 after service in the North Hamptonshire Regiment (48th Regiment of Foot) for a period of 22 years.
    Following discharge, Private Critchley returned from India as part of the Royal Veteran Company, finally
    discharging from all military service on the 24th of June 1828 . In August 1829 Private Critchley was granted 40 acres of land . This he exchanged with a George Yoemans of West Maitland in December of 1836, for a house and land in West Maitland.
    Private William Critchley died at the age of 62 in West Maitland N.S.W. 13/6/1847
    For his military service he was not awarded the General Service Medal . This is because the Medal was not minted for issue until 1848 . It is fair to say that he would have most certainly received the medal had he have lived past 1847.
    Private William Critchley fought in the Peninsular War under the Duke Of Wellington in the Indian Wars and
    served with the Royal Veterans. The Royal Veterans role was mainly overseeing of convict labour and as a policing regiment. Many older soldiers served in this regiment.
    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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    Last revised: January 18, 2004.