PERSONAL DETAILS
Name/AliasJohn TONKIN. 
Birth date and place4 Jul (tentative) 1822 Tavistock, Devon, England.
Baptism date and place28 Jul 1822 Wesleyan Methodist, Tavistock, Devon (tentative).
Civil Census ResidencesBanawell Street, Tavistock, Devon (1841).
36 Melbourne Place, Sandy Hill Road, Plumstead, Lewisham, London (1861).
Barracks Sergeants Quarters, Stoke Damerel, Devon (1871).
14 Chapel, Stoke Damerel, Devon (widow 1881).
See Musters below (1851, 1861).
TradeCopper Miner (1841).
Superior Barrack Sergeant (1871).
Physical DescriptionHeight: 5 ft. 10½ ins. Complexion: fresh. Eyes: grey. Hair: dark brown.
Marriage date and place5 Feb 1851 St Johns Church, Fremantle, Western Australia.
SpouseEmma ANNEAR.
ChildrenNone.
Death date and place30 Apr 1879 Stoke Damerel, Devon.
Burial date and place5 May 1879 Stoke Damerel, Devon.
Will and ProbateWill proved 24 Jun 1879, Exeter Registry. Executrix Emma Tonkin, widow.
Personal Estate under £300.
Death/Funeral Notices
ARMY SERVICE DETAILS
Corps and CompanyRoyal Engineers 20th Company (formerly Royal Sappers & Miners).
Service No. and Rank#941 Private.
Attestation date and place20 Nov 1844 Devonport, Devon.
Service/CampaignsWestern Australia 10 years.
North America 7 months.
MustersWO11-130 (1850) to WO11-169 (1859) Western Australia.
WO11-190 5th Company Woolwich (1861).
PromotionsPrivate to 2nd Corporal 23 Feb 1854.
2nd Corporal to Corporal 1 May 1859.
Corporal to Sergeant 1 Sep 1862.
Medals, Clasps and BadgesThree Good Conduct Badges.
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal (£10 gratuity).
Casualty/MedicalNone.
Courts MartialNone.
Once entered in the Regimental Defaulters Book.
Discharge date and place13 Mar 1866 Woolwich.
Length of Service21 years 114 days.
Chelsea Pension ReferenceWO97-1364-119.
Post Discharge ResidenceParkhurst, Isle of Wight.
Pension District
Pension 27d. per diem.
ARRIVAL IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
ShipScindian.
Departure and Arrival datesDep. Portsmouth 4 Mar 1850. Arr. Fremantle 1 Jun 1850.
Occupations post-arrival in WAInstructing Warder [Barker p.202].
Subscriptions to FundsNightingale Fund 1857.
Land AcquisitionNone in Western Australia.
Newspaper Articles
Ship ex-WARobert Morrison.
Departure date and destinationDep. Fremantle 4 Oct 1859 for Cape of Good Hope and London.