The New South Wales Police Gazette from late 1850 carried a notice for the desertion of a soldier from the 11th regiment of Infantry. His details were as follows:
REPORT OF A DESERTER FROM THE 11TH REGIMENT OF INFANTRY. DATED AT SYDNEY, THIS 7TH DAY OF OCTOBER, 1850.
Man's Name: William Hughan
Age: 20 years and 10 months
Size: 5 feet 9 inches
Grey hair, dark brown eyes
Time of desertion:1 October, 1850
Place of desertion: Sydney NSW
Date of Enlistment:3 May, 1848
Place: Liverpool, Lancashire, West Derby.
Marks" W:H on right arm.
Breeches or trousers: regimental
-W.K Bloomfield, Lt. Col 11th Regiment. "
There was no other mention of this William Hughan, so presumably he was returned to his Regiment without further drama.
From the Police Gazette information, we can see that this William was born c. late 1829-early 1830. He should therefore appear on the 1841 census return for either England or Scotland. I will be returning to do further investigation on this Hughan soldier in the near future.
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