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TARGETT – John HEIC Bombay Artillery

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NameTARGETT – John
Regiment (s)Honourable East India Company Bombay Artillery
Regiment Number (s) 178
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
7th June 1845 / 23 years / London
Description – Height
5 Ft 7½ in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationHEIC
To India 24th August 1846 per Forfarshire
To England 23rd April 1861 per Cospatrick
Length of Service15 years 6 months
Rank/Date/Place of DischargeCorporal / 15th May 1861 / Not yet known
Campaign MedalsNot yet known
Intended Residence at
Hammersmith London England
Pension Districts1861 2nd West London
1862 Chatham
1862 2nd West London
1864 Tilbury
1864-1865 Western Australia
1865-1889 South Australia
Pension Paid9d 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 Hammersmith 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 MarriageSee further information
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
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
Occupation after
Not yet known
Newspaper ArticlesThe Perth Gazette and West Australian Times Friday 21 July 1865 page 2 Shipping list Mary Cumming
Departure from Western
1865 to South Australia
Date/Place of Death/Burial13th April 1889 Adelaide South Australia
Bur West Terrace Cemetery
Date/Place of Death/Burial
28th July 1889 Adelaide South Australia
Bur West Terrace Cemetery
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationDuring the voyage of the Clara John Targett had his grog stopped for 3 days and 15 days for sentry duty for disobedience by refusing to air his bed when ordered by Corporal Trueman.
John Targett was admitted to the Royal Adelaide Hospital three times
31 July 1879 he was aged 64 years, married, Protestant, living Margaret Street, a labourer born Hammersmith and had been 14 years in the Colony and had arrived on the M(ary) Cumming John was the only Targett on the shipping for the Mary Cumming
The information on the second and third hospital admissions (6 September 1888 and 6 October 1888) was much the same except by now he was a widower also he was living at Moore Street and had arrived on the Clara.
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.