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1635, Private Edward BANKS — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Stoke Newington, London.


Enlisted at London on the 27th of July 1854.

Age: 18 years 10 months.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Groom.

Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.

Service, discharge & pension

Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 1st of August 1855.

Discharged, "time expired", from York on the 27th of August 1866.

Conduct: "good". In possession of one Good Conduct badge.

To live in London after discharge.

He re-engaged into the 3rd Light Dragoons on the 8th of February 1867 under his full name of Edward Thomas Banks. Regtl. No. 915.

Former service of 12 years in the 13th Light Dragoons allowed to reckon towards pension — vide War Office Authority, dated the 25th of February 1867.

In confinement, 30th of June — 2nd of July 1867. Tried by a Regtl. Court-martial on the 2nd of July and imprisoned until the 27th of August 1857.

Discharged from the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, on the 25th of January 1878, at "Own request, free to pension after 21 years service."

Served 22 years 219 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 1 year. India, 8 years 305 days.

Six times entered in the Regtl. Defaulter's book. Once tried by Court-martial.

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

Awarded a pension of 10d. per day on discharge.

To live at No. 1 Prebend Street, New North Road, London.

Medals & commemorations

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

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

[RM: The 1881 Census shows him as Thomas Banks, a Chelsea Pensioner, aged 44, born London, living at 33 New Road, Woolwich, Kent. He was married to Catherine, born Dublin, 1841. Also living at the same address was a lodger, Emma Douch, from Somerset.

He was admitted as an In-Pensioner at the Chelsea Royal Hospital on the 1st of November 1883, his age given as 48 years, character "good", with "no wife or family".

Returned to "Out-Pension" on the 1st of August 1886, "to try to better himself." Conduct: "Fair".

1891 Census

37, Spray Street, Plumstead, Woolwich.

Thomas Banks, 56, Pensioner.

Catherine, 55.

Death registered

Catherine Banks, 52, September Quarter 1892 in Woolwich.


Death & burial

[RM: Death registered of a Thomas Banks in the Woolwich district, aged 62, in the September quarter of 1899.]

References & acknowledgements

Registration of death, and Census information for 1891, kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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