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WILKINSON – John 18th and 52nd Regiment

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18th Regiment Royal Irish Cap Badge
52nd Regiment Oxfordshire Badge
China Medal 1842
Honourable East India Company Forces, saw service during the Pegu Campaign in the Second Burma War which lasted from 28th March 1852 through to 30th June 1853
Regiment (s)18th and 52nd Regiment
Regiment Number (s) 978 – 18th Regiment
3075 – 52nd Regiment
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
25th April 1835 / 20 years / Place not stated
Description – Height
5 Ft 7¼ in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationCeylon – 3 years 1 month
China – 7 years 6 months
Burmah – 1 year 8 months
Bengal – 6 years 1 month
Length of Service21 years 121 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 26th August 1856 / Chatham Kent England
Campaign MedalsChina War Medal 1840-1842
Burmah Medal
Intended Residence at
Tipperary Ireland
Pension Districts1856 Clonmel
1857 Kilkenny
1861-1868 Western Australia
1868-1898 Victoria
Pension Paid9d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
10th November 1860 Portland England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
PALMERSTON 11th February 1861
Date/Place of Birth1815 Tipperary Tipperary Ireland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
UNKNOWN Judith (Army identification form) Death registration said Johanna Byron
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Date/Place of Marriage2nd February 1859 Kilkenny City Kilkenny Ireland
Children by 1st WifeNames and number of children not 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
Assistant Warder from 13th April 1862 to resignation 14th July 1868
Newspaper ArticlesPerth Gazette and Independent Journal Friday 8th August 1862 – page 2
Inquirer and Commercial News Wednesday 4th March 1863 = page 4
Departure from Western
mid July – September 1868 by unknown ship
Date/Place of Death/Burial23rd April 1898 at the convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor Northcote Melbourne Victoria
Not yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide Index
1841 – John Wilkinson, 978, private, 18th Foot, Location Hong Kong & Canton, WO12/3530
1851- John Wilkinson, 978, Private, 18th Foot, Location Fort William, Calcutta, India WO12 3540
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism.
Information re place of death, medals, wife and parents from NAA: B2714 Roll 1 Page 218.
Certificate of Change of Residence dated 15th July 1868 Wife Ann Hearn/Kearn married 2nd February 1859 Kilkenny.
Form of Identification of an Army Pensioner dated July 1896 wife’s maiden name Ellen Macknight.
In 1861 John Wilkinson from Fremantle nominated his 20 years old cousin Mary Harrington from Kilkenny as a government immigrant.
The entry in Gaolers and Warders page 216 for John Wilkinson mentions his wife and family as late as 1867