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746, Private Lewis George ANDREWS - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Luke's, London, c.1815. [Presumably the parish church in Old Street, just north of the City, rather than Chelsea.]

Enlistment

Enlisted at London on the 5th of May 1835.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Calico-glazier.

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

Service

From Private to Corporal: 28th of August 1841.

In confinement, 21st-30th of January 1844, and reduced to Private on the 31st of January.

Marriage registered

Lewis George Andrews married Catherine Evans, September Quarter 1844, Carmarthen. [RM]

Next of kin (1854): Wife, Catherine, living c/o "The Swan Inn", Carmarthen, Wales.

1851 Census

Piershill Barracks, Leith South.

Lewis G Andrews, 36, Private Soldier, born London.

Catharine [sic] Andrews, 26, Camarthen.

Maria Andrews, 5, Scholar, Caling, Ireland.

Lewis Andrews, 2, Longford, Ireland.

Discharge

Discharged from Edinburgh on the 9th of February 1860, as:

"Unfit for further service. Labours under chronic rheumatism - general health completely broke down. The result of long service and climate and has not been the result of vice or mis-conduct. His state of health is such that it will notably affect his being able to earn a living."

Served 24 years 274 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 1 year 10 months.

East Indies: 2 years 1 month.

Aged 44 years 9 months on discharge.

Conduct, "very good". In possession of four Good Conduct badges. Once tried by Court-martial.

Awarded a pension of 1/- per day.

Medals

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

Commemorations

Member of the Balaclava Commemoration Society in 1877 and 1879.

Life after service

To live at Keener, Co. Kerry, on discharge, but he was living in London in 1875.

1871 Census

3, Bond Street, Lambeth.

Lewis John Andrews, widower, brother-in-law, 55, Pensioner 13th Dragoons, born St Lukes City Road.

Lewis G Andrews, 22, son of above, Butler, Longford, Ireland.

Lodging with John Treves and his family. [RM/CP]

Marriage registered

Lewis John Andrews [son] to Fanny Bryan, March Quarter 1873, Lymington.

Births registered [grandchildren]

Fanny Elizabeth Elizabeth Andrews September Quarter 1873, Southampton.

Ella Andrews, December Quarter 1875, Holborn.

Annie Andrews, March Quarter 1880, Islington.

1881 Census

36, Citizen Road, Islington [London].

Lewis J Andrews [son], 32, Railway Messenger, born Longford, Ireland.

Fanny Andrews, 43, Falmouth, Cornwall.

Fanny E Andrews, 7, Scholar, Southampton.

Ella Andrews, 5, Islington.

Annie Andrews, 1, Islington.

Members of his extended family are also included.

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[CP: The 1881 Census also show a "Lewis George Andrews", aged 11, born London, an orphan at the London Orphan Asylum, Watford, Hertfordshire. Could he be a relation?]

[PB: Note that Fanny Andrews's age varies relative to Lewis's in different censuses.]

Death & burial

Death registered

Lewis Andrews, aged 67 years, September Quarter 1882, St Faith's, Norfolk.

[CP: Could this be our Lewis Andrews? I have looked high & low for this man, and this is the ONLY one that makes some sense on age. But why he would have died in St Faith's, Norfolk, is another matter. I have also tried newspaper cuttings but to no avail.]

Further information

1891 Census

Euston Road, Kings Cross Station, GNR.

Lewis Andrews [son], 42, Messenger Port, born Longford, Ireland.

Fanny Andrews, 48, Falmouth, Cornwall.

Fanny Andrews, 17, Dressmaker, Southampton.

Ella Andrews, 15, Dressmaker, Islington.

Annie Andrews, 11, Scholar, Islington.

A visitor is also included.

Marriage registered

Fanny Elizabeth Andrews [grandaughter] to John William Long, June Quarter 1900, Pancras.

1901 Census

Railway Station, St Pancras, GN Rail.

Lewis J Andrews [son], 52, Chief Steward GNR, born Longford, Ireland.

Fanny Andrews, 63, House Keeper, Falmouth, Cornwall.

Ella Andrews, 25, Dressmaker, London.

Annie Andrews, 21, Cook (Domestic).

A visitor is also included.

Death registered

Lewis John Andrews [son], aged 56 years, September Quarter 1904, Pancras.

1911 Census

58 Fairfax Road, Hornsey.

Fanny Elizabeth Long, 37, widow, Dressmaker, born Southampton.

Fanny Andrews [wife], 74, widow, Falmouth Cornwall.

Ella Andrews, 35, Dressmaker, Kings [Cross?], London.

Annie Andrews, 31, Dressmaker, Kings [Cross?], London.

A servant is also included.

References & acknowledgements

Additional birth, marriage, death and Census information for 1851, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901, 1911 kindly provided by Chris Poole.


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