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1464, Private Albert ADAMS — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Wooten-under-Edge [presumably Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucs.] around 1830.

1841 Census

Bradby Street, Wotton Under Edge.

Adam [sic] Adams, 55, Surgeon.

Charlotte Adams, 42.

Caroline Adams, 18.

Louisa Adams, 16.

Hugh Adams, 15, Surgeon Ap[pprentice]

Emma Adams, 13.

Albert Adams, 11.

Troylus Adams, 9.

1851 Census

Bradley Street, Wotton under Edge.

Albert Adams, 67, widower, College Gen Practitioner.

Louisa, 27.

Hugh, 25.

Albert, 21, unmarried, no occupation, born Wotton under Edge.

One servant is also shown.


Enlisted: Liverpool, on the 23rd of January 1852.

Age: 21.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Clerk.

Features: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


Albert Adams may have ridden in the Charge.

Discharge & pension

Discharged as "unfit for further service" from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 23rd of July 1861:

"Due to advanced consumption — ill about 18 months, and much reduced in flesh and strength, the disease advancing fast. Has scar on right cheek, scar on back of neck, two small scars on left arm and scar on outside of right fore-arm."

It is possible that these were wound scars, although it is not stated that they were.

Served 9 years 140 days. In Turkey and the Crimea: 2 years. Served Eupatoria.

Aged 30 years 5 months on discharge.

Conduct and character: "good".

In possession of two Good Conduct badges.

Once entered on the Regimental Defaulter's book. Never tried by Court-martial.

Awarded a pension of 8d. per day until the 13th of February 1864, when it was made permanent.


Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with four clasps.

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, and Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal.

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal (with clasps for Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman) on the 7th of October 1855.


Life after service

He was living in the West London Pension District from the 1st of April 1863 and at Bristol from the 1st of May 1864.

Death & burial

Died in the Bristol Pension District on the 29th of August 1864.

Death registered

Albert Adams, September Quarter 1864, Dursley.

References & acknowledgements

Additional Census information for 1841 and 1851, and registration of death kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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