I am one of the GGGrandchildren of Private Charles DALTON researching him and his family. So far this is what I have discovered concerning his early history – much found by kind folks in the UK and selflessly provided and for which I am really grateful. I would appreciate any other information about him that any researcher may be aware of; particularly of interest is the apparent anomaly concerning his discharge date and date of arrival in Australia. Another brick wall has been trying to find information as to whether he might have been seconded to the staff of the hastily travelling NSW Governor-to-be, but still maintained on strength of the 8th – until his term of service came up. Any advice on this would be appreciated.
• 2 Mar 1850 - Enlisted at Westminster, Regimental No: 1136; stated age 18; height 5ft 7in tall. • 17 Jul - 9 Aug 1852 - Went AWOL in Brighton (no reason known). • 15.5.1854 - Embarked for Crimea in H.T "Echunga". Medal rolls in the UK’s Public Record Office state that he was entitled to Crimean Medal with clasps for Alma, Inkerman, Sebastopol. Although, it is reported, he was not shown as being entitled to the Balaclava clasp, he was allowed to become a member of the Balaclava Commemoration Society in 1879, and this would imply that he did indeed ride in the Charge. • 8 Oct 1857 - Embarked for India from Cork in S.S "Great Britain." o served as a Private in the Indian Mutiny in battles at the siege of Kotah, recapture of Chundaree, Kotah Ki Seari, and capture of Gwalior (see Clive of India); Powrie, Sindway, and Koonayr; o received the Indian Mutinymedal with clasp for Central India 8 Sept 1860 (1862/3? There is confusion relating to the actual date.) - Discharged "time expired" in Calcutta, India (12yrs 70 days) with Good Conduct badge. The records available give no indication of when, or how, or if he returned to England: and the shipping records in the Sydney Morning Herald for the day of Charles’s arrival in Australia do not mention him by name among those passengers that the vessel started with when it sailed out from England, nor among those who were picked up along the way in India and then at the Port of Galle, Ceylon.