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HEXTALL – William 46th 45th and 24th Regiment

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46th Regiment
45th Regiment Nottinghamshire Sherwood Foresters
24th Regiment South Wales Borderers
South Africa Medal
NameHEXTALL – William
Regiment (s)46th 45th and 24th Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 1515 – 46th Regiment
2440 – 45th Regiment
173 – 24th Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
14th December 1839 / 17 years 9 months / Sketchley Leicestershire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8 in
Fresh / Blue / Grey / None
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope – 11 years 1 month
Length of Service21 years 20 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeSergeant / 13th March 1861 / Cork Ireland
Campaign MedalsSouth African Medal for the 2nd and 3rd Kaffir Wars 1846-1853
Intended Residence at
Warwick England
Pension Districts1861 Coventry
1862 Sheffield
1864 Tilbury
1864-1865 Western Australia
1866-1869 South Australia
1870 Bengal
1871-1875 Calcutta Bengal
Pension Paid1/2½d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th January 1864 Portland
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
CLARA 13th April 1864
Date/Place of Birthc1822 Bosworth Hinckley Leicestershire England
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
Date/Place of MarriageM 1st May 1855 Frindsbury All Saints Kent, England
Children by 1st WifeSarah B 1856 Bap 9th March 1856 Chatham Barracks
D 1857 bur 2nd April 1857 Camp Colchester Essex, England
Joseph William Elson B 1858 Isle of Wight Hampshire England
D2nd August 1945 Northfield Port Adelaide South Australia
Bur 18th December 1946 West Terrace Cemetery (Joseph Hextall or Williams)
Mary Ellen B 1860
M HUGHES Samuel Christopher 29th November 1880 St. Luke’s church Adelaide South Australia
D 29 August 1915 Adelaide South Australia
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
1st Wife’s 2nd MarriageM EPG TARGETT John of the 1864 Clara
See Further Information
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesAdelaide Observer Saturday 12th January 1867 – page 1
The Advertiser Monday 30th August 1915 page 2 Funeral Notice Mary Ellen Hughes.
The Express and Telegraph Monday 30th August 1915 page 1 Death notice
Departure from Western
12th August 1866 W. Hextall to Adelaide per Emily Smith
11th February 1865 an Ellen Hextall and 2 children went to South Australia per “Gem”
Date/Place of Death/BurialPrior to 1880
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Ellen TARGETT 28th July 1889 Adelaide South Australia
Bur West Terrace Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 William Hextall 1515 Private 46th Foot Depot Location Jersey and Cork
1851 William Hextall 2440 Private 45th Foot Location Natal South Africa
1861 Willian Hextall Sergeant 2nd Battalion 24th Foot Location Cork
Discharge due to having completed 21 years service and being on permanent staff of the Warwick Regiment of Militia.
In the 1841 Census William Hextall is a soldier at the Fort Regent Barracks, St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands
In 1867 William Hextall gave evidence in a court case in Adelaide in support of fellow 24th Regiment soldier Charles Stretch who was also on the Clara in 1864.

Both John and Ellen Targett died at the home of Mr & Mrs Samuel Christopher Hughes their daughter and son-in-law. Samuel Christopher Hughes married Mary Ellen Hextall on 29th November 1880 so that makes Ellen Targett formerly Hextall nee Scanlan her mother.
We do not know if it was a legal marriage or a common law marriage as there does not appear to be a registration and we do not have a death for William Hextall. John Targett may have been married previously and that could account for the information on the hospital admissions although no marriage has been found in India or the UK.

29th November 1880 a Mary Ellen Hextall, age 20, married Samuel Christopher Hughes. Her father is recorded as William Hextall. Mary Ellen Hughes died 29th August 1915 Adelaide South Australia.
The difference in the between the dates of death and burial of Joseph Hextall or Williams is unexplained