Thomas Thomason Perowne was born April 16, 1824 at Burdwan, Bengal the second son of the Reverend John Perowne, a missionary with the Church Missionary Society and his wife Eliza Scott, a teacher in the missionary school.
William Henry Blatch was born in 1792 the son of James Blatch and Elizabeth Sweetapple. On March 3, 1881 he married Marianne Sweetapple at Andover, Hampshire, England. The couple lived in the Hampshire village of Nutley, and it was here that on the night of November 4, 1833 that William discovered and shot a burglar. The following is an account of the inquest reported in the Devizes and Wiltshire Gazette on Thursday, November 14th, 1833.