18 Jan 1795 - 3 Dec 1858
Date added: 3 Jun 2015
Richard Facey was born in St Germans, Cornwall, the second son of James and Mary Facey. He attested for the 40th Regiment of Foot at Plymouth on 8 May 1815, was was described as 5'6" with grey eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion. (National Archives WO 97/561/69) He served as a Private at Waterloo (having been in the army for just one month) and sustained a gun shot wound in the right leg. His discharge document says he served in France 1 year 10 months, at Waterloo, New South Wales and Van Diemans Land 4 years 4 months, in the East Indies 4 years and 5 days (1830 - 34) and the remainder at home. He was discharged on 12 January 1836 after 24 years and 264 days' service. Richard was 40 years old and medically unfit - he had dysentery and was treated at Fort Pitt in Chatham but did not improve.
In 1839 he married Mary Lamerton at Stoke Damerel in Devon - he was living at 52 Navy Row in Stoke Damerel. Neither he nor Mary could sign their name. Richard's occupation was described as Labourer. By the 1841 census he is living at South Bake Cottage, Hessenford, St Germans, with his in laws and was an Ag Lab. In 1851 he is still at South Bake Cottage, an Ag Lab and 'Pensioner in the Regular' He and Mary had four children - Richard, Mary Jane, Susanna and George William. At their baptisms Richard was varously described as Husbandman or Labourer. Richard died at South Bake Cottage in 1858, having been ill with pneumonia for 10 days.