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COSTELLO / COSTELLOE – John 40th Regiment

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40th Somersetshire Regiment
Maharajpoor Star
John’s actual Star courtesy of Stuart Eaton

John Costello 40th Foot Biography by Suart Eaton


Regiment (s)40th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 952
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
21st May 1836 / 18 years / Kilkenny Ireland
Cooper and Labourer
Description – Height
5 Ft 6¾ in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies including Quettah Bombay – 4 years 3 months
Scinde, Beeloochistan and Afghanistan – 3 years 11 months
Length of Service9 years 87 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 15 August 1845 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsMedal inscribed “Canadahar, “Ghuznee” “Cabool” 1842 and for second Afghan Campaign
Bronze Star for Maharajpoor
Intended Residence at
Freshford Kilkenny Ireland
Pension Districts1845-1850 Kilkenny
1850-1902 Western Australia
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
22nd July 1850 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
HASHEMY 25th October 1850
Date/Place of Birthc1822 Kilkenny Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
bap 17th December 1822 Tubberboe Queens (Laois) Ireland
Date/Place of Marriage20th November 1848 Tubberboe Queens (Laois) Ireland
Children by 1st WifeMargaret or Margret B 1849 Ireland
bap 12th October 1849 Durrow Queens (Laois) Ireland
D 9.30am 21st August 1850 onboard “Hashemy”
Mary B 1851 Bunbury Western Australia
D 22nd October 1851 Western Australia
John B 1853 Bunbury Western Australia
D 28th January 1858 Bunbury Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section Sand Dunes Cemetery Bunbury Western Australia
Ellen B 31st August 1855 Bunbury Western Australia
20th January 1878 entered Victoria Square Convent as Sister Angela
D 4th October 1930 Bunbury WA
Martin B 1857 Bunbury Western Australia
M WILLIAMS (Sarah) Jane 14th July 1881 Albany WA
D Not yet known
William John B 1859 Bunbury Western Australia
Possible M GREEN Margaret
D Not yet known
Mary Anne B 1862 Bunbury Western Australia
D 16 February 1876 Lake Monger Subiaco Western Australia
bur Roman Catholic Section East Perth Cemeteries Western Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
BERGIN Richard
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Granted Lot P7 Bunbury Assigned 20th November 1858
Title Application 4th December 1858 Title 1618
This land was resumed in 1917 for a proposed school
Occupation after
Customs Department 1870 to 1871 (Cooper and Tide waiter) Bunbury
1873 appointed Lightkeeper Bunbury
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal of Political and News WA Shipping Intelligence 1st November 1850 – page 2 – List of Pensioners named
The West Australian Tuesday 22nd February 1876 page 2 Inquest into the drowning of Mary Anne Costello at Lake Monger.
WA Record Saturday 18th August 1917 page 14 Resumption of P7 & P8 Bunbury
South West Tribune Tuesday 7th October 1930 page 3 death of Mother Angela (Ellen Costello)
The West Australian Tuesday 14th October 1930 page 1 Mother Angela (List of nieces and nephews)
Obituaries for John and Anne can be found in the attachment
South West Times 3rd December 1992 “The Forgotten Dead”
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial29th July 1902 Bunbury Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Sand Dunes Cemetery Bunbury Western Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial
6th January 1909 Bunbury Western Australia
Roman Catholic Section Sand Dunes Cemetery Bunbury Western Australia
Will or ProbateNot yet known
Further InformationJuly 28th 1850 Mrs Costello was treated for a miscarriage aboard the Hashemy
18th August 1850 Mrs Costello treated for hysteria also while on board the Hashemy
18th August 1850 Margaret Costello age 10 months treated for atrophy died 21st August 1850 at sea
John Costello was awarded a military funeral
John Costello was awarded a pension of £8/8/- from January 1880 for services as Cooper, Tidewaiter and Lightkeeper Bunbury his emolume when last employed was £50. (Blue Book 1895)