District - East London
Ship - Berwick Castle
Pension - Chelsea Hospital Pension 1/- per day
Rank - Sergeant
Unit - 50th Regiment of Foot
Born - circa 1814
Abode - did not arrive in New Zealand
Status - Married, with at least one child
Wife - MARY ANNE .........
Description - Presumed to be the Sergeant who died at sea during the voyage to New Zealand. Hobart records show an Edward Smee, aged 38 years, died September 1852 as well as a child called Thomas Edward Smee, aged 1 year, who also died September 1852. It is thought these entries were made by Captain Latto at Hobart Town as the first port of call after the deaths at sea.
Public Record Ofice, Kew, London - courtesy Miss Colleen Palmer.
WO 4/1288, Page 263
Staff Officer 30 April 1852
2nd East London
One day's pay - 50th Foot - Pension 1/- - EDWARD SMEE
Forward him and his family to Tilbury fort on Saturday 8 Proximo as in preceding letter.
Signed ALEXANDER M. TULLOCH
The letters preceding indicate that the men were to be placed under the charge of Sergeant Carroll who was to be given sufficient money to discharge any travelling expenses of the "Berwick Castle" passengers.
Issue of EDWARD SMEE and MARY ANNE .............:-
THOMAS EDWARD born circa 1851 died September 1852 aged 1 year at sea before Falklands
JAMES GALLAGHER = MARY ANNE SMEE 1853/9.
This entry may be relevant - it is probably the widow of the above but needs checking.