WATTS – James Joseph 89th Regiment Depot

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89th Regment Royal Irish Fusiliers Cap Badge
British Crimea Medal Sebastopol Clasp
Turkish Crimea Medal
Land Grant
NameWATTS – James Joseph
Regiment (s)89th Regiment Depot
Regiment Number (s) 1632
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
18th March 1840 / 18 years / Gosport Hampshire England
Description – Height
5 Ft 7 in
Dark / Hazel / Dark Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationNorth America – 4 years 7 months
Gibraltar – 11 months
Crimea – 1 year 5 months
Cape of Good Hope – 1 year
East Indies – 1 year 4 months
Length of Service21 years 10 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 11th May 1861 / Fermoy Barracks Ireland
Campaign MedalsCrimea Medal with Sebastopol clasp
Turkish Crimea medal
Intended Residence at
Parsonstown Kings Ireland
Pension Districts1861 Birr
1865-1882 Western Australia
Pension Paid10d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
30th September 1865 Portland Dorset England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
VIMIERA 22nd December 1865
Date/Place of Birth1822 Westbury Wiltshire 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
Not yet known
Date/Place of Marriage1873 Kojonup Western Australia
Children by 1st WifeNone 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
Assigned Kojonup Location 7 10 acres 12th June 1868
Title Application 30th June 1868
18th May 1868 received £15 Improvement Grant for cottage
6th June 1879 Title issued for Kojonup Location 7 of 10 acres
Title 4/1016
Occupation after
Worked for John Elvard at Kojonup
Newspaper ArticlesWestern Australian Times 7th July 1876 Assault by Joseph Parkinson
The Herald 8th July 1876
Inquirer & Commercial News Perth 12th July 1876
Departure from Western
Not applicable
Date/Place of Death/Burial10th June 1882 Kojonup Western Australia
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Possibly 28th January 1919 West Perth Western Australia
Anglican Section Karrakatta Cemetery Western Australia
Will or ProbateNot yet known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 James Watts 1632 Private 89th Foot location Depot Clonmel and Carrick on Suir
1851 As above location Dublin Ireland
1861 As above location Fermoy
Discharge at own request after 21 years’ service
24th April 1876 Pensioner James Watts was stabbed in the face by Joseph Parkinson when he was in the process of arresting him at Kojonup. Parkinson was charged with feloniously wounding with intent to resist his lawful apprehension, he was found guilty of wounding James Watts and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment with hard labour
13th July 1882 inquest held at Kojonup into the death of James Watts SROWA Cons 430 32/948 (Police report)
6th August 1882 police report of a shepherd Samuel Casemore of the finding and subsequent death of James Watts on 10th July 1882 on the Ongerup road about 2 ½ miles from Kojonup. After an extensive inquest the Medical Officer John C Rosselloty found he died of inflammation of the lung hastened by exposure due to wet and drink.