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Corporal William Delicate

Waterloo 200

of 1st Battalion, 52nd Regiment of Foot (Oxfordshire Light Infantry )

Captain R. Brownrig's Company

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Submitted by: Paul Kelly

Date added: 26 Feb 2015

William Delicate (or Dillicate) was born about 1790 in Richmond near Leyburn, Yorkshire, the son of William, a Stonemason, and Mary Shipley. A Weaver by trade, records show he enlisted with the 52nd Regiment on 4th April 1810 in Devon, England, aged 20 years. He was a Corporal for two years where he was severely wounded in his right leg at the Battle of Waterloo.

In 1828-9 he was discharged to enable him to accept the office of Town Sergeant at Halifax, Nova Scotia. Sometime between 1832 and 1836 he returned to England with his wife and children, and settled in Liverpool, becoming a Turnkey at the local jail.

He died on 26th March 1855 and is buried in grave 1434C at St James's Cemetery in Liverpool, which is directly below the city's Anglican Cathedral. The Cemetery is now a park where only a few head stones survive including William's. He is buried with his wife Hannah Pirt/Pirtt/Pritt, her parents Philip Pritt and Elizabeth Collier, and her sisters Ann Pritt and Sarah Gater.  

William was my Great Great Great Grandfather and the Dillicate name was passed down through the generations. His daughter Elizabeth married Edward Kelly in 1843, a Shipwright from Balladda near Peel in the Isle of Man.

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