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1872, Private George ALLEN — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Sevenoaks, Kent, c.1836.

Possibly a brother of 1843 Charles Allen, 13th Light Dragoons, both being born at Sevenoaks, Kent, of an age, and enlisting at Maidstone within a few days of each other.


A volunteer from the West Kent Militia, enlisted at Maidstone on the 12th of March 1855.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fresh complexion, Hazel eyes. Light brown hair.


Absent 8th-9th of July 1855, confined 10th-11th, imprisoned from the 12th-13th, and sent to the Dorchester Depot from Maidstone on the 1st of August.

Embarked for the Crimea on the 4th of September 1855 and arrived at Balaclava on the 29th.

Did not serve in Eupatoria.

Re-engaged for a further 12 years service on the 20th of December 1867.

Found medically unfit to proceed abroad with the regiment.

Discharge & pension

Granted a free discharge to modified pension after 18 years service — vide Article 1115 RAW, dated the 27th of December 1870.

Discharged from Colchester on the 20th of December 1873.

Served 18 years 284 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 1 year.

Conduct: "Very good indeed". In possession of four Good Conduct badges.

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

Aged 43 years on discharge.

Next of kin: Wife, Elizabeth Allen.

Awarded a pension of 10d. per day.


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

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 24th of December 1872, with a gratuity of £5.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

A Crimean medal, with clasp for Sebastopol and with impressed naming to "C" or possibly "G." Allen. 13th Light Dragoons." and his Turkish Crimean medal (named as before) but with an incorrect suspension (1914/18 BWM type) appeared in a Paul Laycock Medals of Huddersfield list in October 1995 and was known to be in an English collection in 1997.


Life after service

To live at No. 43 East Field Street, Leeds, and still living there in 1875.

1881 Census

Over 10, Fleet Street, Leeds. [PB: Check — EJB's notes also say Over 10 Bridge Street, Leeds.]

George Allen, Soldier (Pensioner), aged 50, born in Kent, with his wife (named as Bridget, so he perhaps married twice), 48, born in Ireland, and two daughters, the elder a Tailoress and the younger a Scholar.

Death & burial

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