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1721, Private William BLAKE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Devizes, Wiltshire.


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 20th of December 1854.

Age: 22.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Painter.

Features: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.

Service, discharge & pension

Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 13th of August 1855.

Discharged from Cahir on the 15th of November 1856, being:

"Unfit for further service. This man has been frequently in hospital during his service and is of a naturally delicate constitution and I do not consider him ever likely in any way to become efficient. He also suffers from deafness in both ears to the extent of greatly interfering with his effectiveness as a soldier. His military service has been in no way injurious to him. Will be able to earn his own living."

Served 1 year 328 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea, 1 year.

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

Aged 24 years on discharge.

To live in Devizes, Wiltshire.

Medals & commemorations

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

Death & burial

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