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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
London England date not known
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
UNKNOWN Ellen (tentative see further information)
c1830 Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
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 (tentative see further information)
Date/Place of Death/Burial
28th July 1889 Adelaide South Australia (tentative see further information)
Will or ProbateNone known
Further Information23rd April 1861 from India to England per “Cospatrick”

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

The information on the second and third occasions (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. This information indicates his wife died between 1879 and 1888 which casts doubt on the 1889 death and also on the death of J.T. Targett in 1889 as he was the husband of Ellen who died 1889. We have no way of knowing if Ellen was the name of Pensioner John Targett’s wife.

John was the only Targett on the shipping for the Mary Cumming and his wife may not have come with him on this or the Clara. According to the Adelaide Royal Hospital she died before him and his age on the death was 5 years older than that on the War Office records – so wife’s name and the above deaths are included tentatively, but require further evidence.