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William Wood [s]
Royal Newfoundland Veterans Corps

Donated by Jeff Wood


William Wood [Woods] was born 1819 Salford Manchester Lancashire. He died Sep 1899 Perth, Western Australia.
He served in the Royal Newfoundland Veterans Corps from 1842 through to 1859.

On 21 July 1850, he married Eliza Moxey (b 1829 St Thomas The Apostle Exeter d Feb 1899 Perth western Australia) in the Congregational Church in St. John"s.

William and Eliza had two boys before they married and another 6 afterwards. The two prior to their marriage died as babies. In fact only three of their sons survived past childhood.

Samuel bapt Feb 1855 St John's (Anglican) and William Thomas bapt Feb 1859 St John's (Anglican) and Charles born 1863 Perth, Western Australia)

William enlisted on 15 June 1837 in the 30th Regiment Of Foot in Wigan (Ancestry.com has mis-transcribed the enlistment date to 15 June 1833).
According to his discharge papersĀ (Chelsea Hospital pensioners records Aug 1859) Private William Woods served in Bermuda for 3 years, at Halifax, Nova Scotia for just under a year (1841-42) and then Newfoundland (1842-1859 ( until sometime between Feb when son, William Thomas Woods, was born and August 1859 when he was discharged.

After being in Manchester in the 1861 UK Census, they boarded the convict ship, Lincelles, in Sep 1861 arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia in late January 1862.
William and Eliza spent the rest of their lives in the district of South Perth.

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