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1588, Private Edward BENNETT — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Stratford-upon-Avon.


Enlisted at Birmingham on the 20th of May 1854.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.

Service, discharge & pension

Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 20th of April 1855.

Discharged from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 15th of November 1856, on the grounds of:

"Reduction of the Army and not likely to become effective. This man suffers from pulmonary consumption — first noticed in the Crimea about 18 months ago. The disease is the result of natural pre-disposition. I do not think that his military service has been injurious to him. The disease is at present latent and is chiefly shown by the presence of tuberculosis in the upper part of the right lung. He is very much in hospital and is never likely to become fully effective. At the present time he is able to earn a living."

Served 2 years 179 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 1 year.

Conduct and character, "good." Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Was granted a pension of 6d. per day until the 9th of July 1857.

To live in Birmingham after discharge.

Medals & commemorations

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

Lummis and Wynn state "Not on medal roll", but he is to be found on the Sebastopol clasp list.

Life after service

Death & burial

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