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1843, Private Charles ALLEN - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Sevenoaks, Kent.

Possibly a brother of 1872 George Allen, 13th Light Dragoons, both being born at Sevenoaks, Kent, of an age, and enlisting at Maidstone within a few days of each other.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Maidstone on the 2nd of March 1855.

Age: 18 years.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Baker.

Features: Fresh complexion. Blue eyes. Brown hair.

Service

Embarked on the 9th of June 1855 and joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 1st of August.

Invalided to England on the 25th of October 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Kilmainham on the 15th of December 1856, a consequence of the:

"Reduction of the Regiment and not likely to become efficient. This man is of a very delicate constitution and since going to the Crimea has been frequently in hospital. He has suffered from bowel complaints, from jaundice, and from scarlet fever.

I do not think he will ever be effective, otherwise than always ailing and is never likely to prove effective for a dragoon's duties. His military duties, I consider, in no way has any bearing on his disability and depends a great deal on his naturally weak constitution.

Able to earn his own livelihood."

He was awarded a pension of 6d. per day for 3 years, "final".

Served 2 years 13 days.

Conduct: "good". Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Medals & commemorations

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

Living in Deptford, London, after discharge, and was still there in 1875.

1871 Census

33 Bye St, Seal, Kent.

The 1871 Census shows him as Charles W. Allen, aged 31, a "Baker's Master", married to Eliza Allen, with three children Robert 8, Elizabeth 5, and Charles 6 months. [RM]

1881 Census

No. 4 Park Cottages, Bessell Green, Cheveney, Kent.

Charles Allen, Baker, aged 43, born at Sundridge, Kent, with his wife, Eliza, 37, born at Seal, Kent, and five children, aged from 18 to 1 year.

Also his mother-in-law, Jane Mouncey, a Widow, 70, born at West Peckham, Kent. [RM]

Death & burial


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