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1573, Private Richard BANNISTER — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Anthony's, Worcester.


1841 Census

Little Fish Street, Worcester.

Sarah Bannister, 30, Jane Evans, 20, Richard Bannister, 6, and a brother.


1851 Census

Little Fish Street, Worcester.

Richard, 16, Apprentice, living with his grandmother, Sarah Evans, a widow, 72, Laundress.



Enlisted at Worcester on the 9th of May 1854.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Glover.

Fresh complexion. Blue eyes. Black hair.

Service, discharge & pension

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

He was shown on a nominal roll of men of the Regiment made out at the Cavalry Depot, Scutari on the 9th of November 1855 as being On Duty there from the 24th of October.

Transferred to the Military Train on the 30th of September 1856, with the Regtl. No. of 994, but was returned to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 4th of November 1856 as "being unsuitable".

Transferred to the 17th Lancers at Newbridge on the 10th of September 1857. Regtl. No. 73.

Embarked for India from Cork aboard the S.S. "Great Britain " on the 8th of October 1857.

Served at Rajghur with Captain William Gordon.

Imprisoned "for absence" from the 15th of March — 25th of April 1864.

Discharged on the "Termination of limited engagement, from Aldershot on the 2nd of July 1866.

Medals & commemorations

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

Mutiny medal without clasp.

Life after service


Marriage registered

Richard Bannister married Elizabeth Bishop, registered December Quarter 1869 in Birmingham.


1871 Census

11, Hope Terrace, Bristol Street, Birmingham.

Richard Bannister, 36, Labourer, born Worcestershire.

Elizabeth Bannister, 27, born Warwickshire.

Henry 2.5 months. [?]


[RM: The 1881 Census showsa man of this name as aged 46, born Worcester, a "Labourer (Gun factory)". He was living at 5 Jones Place, Vauxhall Rd, Aston, Warwickshire, with his wife Eliza, and two sons and two daughters (ages from 10 years to 12 months old).]


1891 Census

84, Ashled Row, Aston, Duddleston, Birmingham.

Richard Bannister, 56 Labourer born Worcester.

Elizabeth Bannister, 47, born Marston Green.

Five children shown, and a Lodger.


Death registered

Elizabeth Bannister, aged 55, in September Quarter 1899 in Aston.


Death & burial

[RM: Richard Bannister's death is registered in the Aston district, aged 58, in the December quarter of 1893.]

References & acknowledgements

Registration of marriage and death, and Census information for 1841, 1851, 1871, & 1891, kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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