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1589, Private John ALLEE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Mary's, at Bourne, near Andover, Hampshire.

1851 Census

Wood Street, Whitchurch.

Son of William Allee, a farmer employing 6 Labourers, and Mary Allee. Aged 15 at this time, he was the eldest child. Three other children are shown: Elizabeth 11, Susan 4, and Charles 7 months.


Enlisted: Manchester, on the 15th of May 1854.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 5".

Trade: Sawyer.

Features: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Lt. brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 23rd of May 1855.

At Scutari General Hospital from the 18th of August and invalided to England on the 7th of September 1855.

The medical report showed that "He has flat feet — is very awkward and is never likely to be efficient."

Served 2 years 297 days. In Turkey and the Crimea 9 months.

Discharge & pension

Conduct and character: "Has been good". And further that he is not in possession of any Distinguishing Marks. With good conduct pay.

To live at Andover after discharge.

On the 13th of January 1902 John Allee was granted a "Special campaign pension" of 9d. per day. At that time he was 66 years of age, and was getting "4/- a week from Parish Relief and earning 2/- or 3/- per week..."

Medals & commemorations

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.

Entered on his documents (no date) in red ink: "Crimean medal, with clasp for Sebastopol."

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

Marriage registered

The marriage of John William Allee and Elizabeth Jane Brind was registered in Newbury in the June Quarter of 1858.

1861 Census

Fraseland Farm, Guestling.

John W Allee, 25, married, Milkman.

His wife, Elizabeth, was on the night of the Census a visitor with their young daughter, Mary Jane, at Wood Speen East, Speen, Newbury.

[4 miles NW of Hastings, Sussex. This was his father's farm, of about 160 acres.]

1881 Census

Boxford, Berkshire.

The 1881 Census shows him as John W. Allee, born Whitchurch, Hampshire [two miles from St Mary Bourne], aged 45, a Farmer, married to Elizabeth J, 46, born East Garston, Berkshire.

Four children are shown:

Mary Jane, 21, born Newbury.

William R., 19, born Guestling, Sussex.

Arthur J., 12, born Henfield, Sussex/

Ernest C., 9, born Henwick, Thatcham, Berkshire. [RM]

1891 Census

Wickham Village, nr Welford, Newbury.

John W Allee, 54, "no occupation", born Whitchurch.

Elizabeth, 55, Grocer.

Ernest, 19, Assistant.

A niece and a lodger are also shown

Death registered

The death of his wife, Elizabeth Jane Allee, aged 60, was registered at Newbury in the December Quarter of 1894.

1901 Census

Glebe Farm, Welford with Wickham, nr Newbury.

John W Allee, 65, widower, Cattle Dealer and General Stores.

Ernest, 29, Butcher.

Ernest's wife and their two children are also shown.

1911 Census

Post Office, Wickham, Newbury.

John William Allee, 75, widower, General Business and Post Office, born Whitchurch.

A Housekeeper, Shop Assistant, and two Servants are also shown.

Death & burial

Death registered

The death of John W. Allee, aged 84, was registered in Wantage in the June Quarter of 1920.

References & acknowledgements

Registration of marriage and deaths, and Census information for 1851, 1861, 1891, 1901 and 1911, kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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