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1237, Private Battye BLACKWELL - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Limerick, Ireland.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Cahir on the 18th of April 1846.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Servant.

Features: Dark complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.

Service, discharge & pension

Was tried by a District Court-martial at Hounslow on the 8th of September 1852 for "being asleep on his post."

Sentenced to 84 days' imprisonment, with hard labour.

Served Eupatoria.

Discharged from Newbridge on the 6th of August 1857, as "Labours under confirmed heart disease which first became apparent when he was on detachment at Clogheen in December last. Attributable to constitutional pre-disposition and no doubt aggravated by over indulgence in intoxicating liquors. He is not now, or ever likely, to be able to earn his own living."

Aged 29 years on discharge.

Served 11 years 16 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years.

Conduct: "Indifferent." Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Granted a pension of 6d. per day for two years.

To live in Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare.

Medals & commemorations

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.

Life after service

Went to the Birmingham Pension District on the 1st of May 1859.

Died in the Birmingham Pension District on the 4th of May 1859.

Death & burial

Died 4th of May 1859.

His death certificate (in which his Christian name is recorded as "Batty") shows that he died at No. 88 Park Street, Birmingham in the parish of St. Peter, on the 4th of May 1859, aged 32 years, a Private, 13th Light Dragoons, from "Disease of the Heart, Pneumonia, 1 week."

An Eliza Wynn, of the same address, was present at his death.

(See copy of the death certificate in the 13th Light Dragoons "Certificates" file.)


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