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HIGGINS – Hugh Royal Artillery 14th Depot

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Royal Artillery Badge
Indian Mutiny Medal w Lucknow Clasp
NameHIGGINS – Hugh
Regiment (s)Royal Artillery 14th Depot
Regiment Number (s)
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
6th July 1855 / 18  years / Lisburn Antrim Ireland
Description – Height
5 Ft  6¾ in
Fresh / Brown / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCape of Good Hope – 5 months
East Indies – 1 year 7 months
Length of Service4 years 42 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeGunner / 16th August 1859 / Royal Artillery Depot Woolwich England
Campaign MedalsIndian Mutiny Medal 1857-1859 with Lucknow Clasp
Intended Residence at
Not yet known
Pension Districts1859 Ballymena
1862 Tilbury
1862-1866 Western Australia
1867- 1883 South Australia
Pension Paid8d per diem
1875 Increased to 1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
8th October 1862  Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
YORK  31st December 1862
Date/Place of Birth1837 Abdgill Ballymena Antrim 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
DARRAGH Catherine
1836  Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage9th October 1860 Ahgohill Antrim Ireland
Children by 1st WifeHugh   bap 3rd January 1864  Fremantle Western Australia
William John bap 24th December 1865 Fremantle Western Australia
M  BRIDGART Anna Cecilia 14th August 1890 at residence of W Higgins Adelaide South Australia
D  26th April 1950  Goodwood Park Adelaide South Australia
Jane B 13th May 1868   St. Paul’s Parish  Adelaide South Australia
M  GAUL Robert  21st August 1890  at residence of W Higgins Adelaide South Australia
D  20th February 1937  North Unley Adelaide South Australia
Thomas Gilbert B 27th April 1872  Adelaide South Australia
M  WALTERS Louise Isabel 7th November 1896  St. Luke’s Church Adelaide South Australia
D  29th April 1953  Payneham  Adelaide South Australia
Thomas James   B 10th June 1874  Adelaide South Australia
D  20th January 1875  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
Land Grants Western
Not applicable
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesSouth Australia Chronicle and Weekly Mail Saturday 2nd October 1869 – page 14 – Hugh HIGGINS – charged pauper lunatic
Adelaide Observer Saturday 5th July 1873 – page 6 – Hugh HIGGINS charged Lunatic
South Australia Chronicle and Weekly Mail   Saturday 15th November 1879 – page 22 – Hugh HIGGINS charged assault
Express and telegraph Thursday 26th July 1877 – page 2 – Hugh HIGGINS charged pauper Lunatic
The Advertiser Saturday 30th September 1899 – page 6 – memorial Catherine HIGGINS
South Australian Advertiser 2nd October 1883 – Inquest death Hugh HIGGINS
Adelaide Observer 6th October 1883 – page 32 – Inquest death Hugh HIGGINS
The Advertiser Friday 28th April 1950 – page 22 – funeral William John HIGGINS
The Advertiser Saturday 25th April 1953 – page 5 – Thomas Gilbert HIGGINS found injured
The Advertiser Saturday 2nd May 1953 – page 24 – death of Thomas Gilbert HIGGINS
The Advertiser Saturday 4th July 1853 – page 13 – article on crash death of Thomas Gilbert HIGGINS
The Advertiser Monday 22nd February 1937 –  page 12 – death of Jane GAUL
Departure from Western
30th November 1866  Perth Gazette and West Australian Times –  page 2 – family on “Emily Smith” for Adelaide
Date/Place of Death/Burial1st October 1883 Adelaide South Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
30th September 1893 Adelaide South Australia
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDischarge: Gunshot wound to the neck and Face.
“On 12th of March 1858 when on duty at Lucknow a bullet struck his neck under the left jaw and came out in upper part of the right cheek, was invalided from India in consequence. He is unable to masticate his food, the process of opening his mouth being extremely limited and there is no prospect of his ever becoming effective. Disability caused by a gun- shot wound on duty”.

The shipping list of the Emily Smith 1866 recorded Hugh Higgins and his wife and 3 children departed for South Australia,  At the time of Hugh’s death Catherine said she had five children between 18 and 11 years, we have only 4 living children at the time.
14th December 1875 Pension suspended as to one half and as to the other to be paid to wife for 3 months the term of imprisonment for an assault on Caroline (sic) Higgins – convicted at Police Court Adelaide South Australia
Hugh Higgins was admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in 1869,1870,1873,1875,1878, and 1883, the ship of arrival (in South Australia) was in each case the Emily Smith
Sons Hugh in 1894 and William 1878 and 1884