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Amended 9.5.11

1642, Private Henry BIGWOOD - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

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1841 Census

Back Street, Trowbridge.

George Bigwood, 40.

Deborah Bigwood, 40.

Six children shown, including 9-year-old Henry.

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1851 Census

Back Street, Trowbridge.

George Bigwood, 54.

Deborah Bigwood, 54.

Four children shown, including 15-year-old Henry, Carpenter, and a Servant.

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Enlistment

Enlisted at London on the 22nd of August 1854.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Carpenter.

Service, discharge & pension

Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 21st of May 1855.

Served Eupatoria.

Discharged, "by purchase", from Cahir on the 13th of June 1859. Payment of 30.

Served 4 years 288 days.

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

Medals & commemorations

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

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1861 Census

Church Street, Trowbridge.

Deborah Bigwood, 64, widow, Keeper in a cook shop.

Four children shown including Henry, 25, a journey Carpenter and joiner, and one boarder.

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1871 Census

Church Street, Trowbridge.

Joseph and Mary Marshman, and Henry Bigwood, 35, lodger, unmarried, Carpenter.

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Death & burial

[RM: A man of this name is registered as dying in the Melksham (Trowbridge) district in the quarter of June 1880, aged 45.]

References & acknowledgements

Census information for 1841, 1851, 1861 & 1871 kindly provided by Chris Poole.


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