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1642, Private Henry BIGWOOD — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Trowbridge, Wiltshire.


1841 Census

Back Street, Trowbridge.

George Bigwood, 40.

Deborah Bigwood, 40.

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


1851 Census

Back Street, Trowbridge.

George Bigwood, 54.

Deborah Bigwood, 54.

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



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


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.


1871 Census

Church Street, Trowbridge.

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


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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