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1550, Private George BLOWER - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Chad's, Shrewsbury.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Shrewsbury on the 30th of February 1854.

Age: 19 years 6 months.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fresh complexion. Brown eyes. Lt. brown hair.

Service, discharge & pension

Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 13th of August 1854.

From Private to Corporal: 22nd of April 1857.

Corporal to Sgt. 4th of January 1860.

Attached to the 4th Battalion of the 60th Rifles from the 15th of November 1866 to the 1st of January 1867 - while the regiment was serving in Canada.

Appointed to Troop Sgt. Major on the 22nd of November 1867.

Reverted to Sergeant, "at his own request", on the 17th of January 1869.

Awaiting trial, 9th-17th of December 1869 and reduced to Private by a Regtl. Court-martial on the 18th of December.

From Private to Corporal: 23rd of May 1871.

Discharged, "at his own request, after 21 years service," from Canterbury on the 22nd of March 1875.

Served 21 years 31 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years. Canada, 2 years 222 days.

Aged 40 years 7 months on discharge.

Conduct: "very good," In possession of four Good Conduct badges. Once tried by Court-martial.

Awarded a pension of 1/6d. per day.

To live, c/o Mr. Pippett, Calne, Wiltshire, on discharge.

Next of kin: Wife, Phoebe Blower. Is shown on the Regtl. "married roll" from the 22nd of January 1862. There were two children in the family by December of 1867, and one of these, Elizabeth, later became a monitress in the Regimental School.

Medals & commemorations

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

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with four clasps.

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal (with clasps for Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman) on the 7th of October 1855.

Life after service

Was still living in the Trowbridge Pension District in 1876.

Death & burial


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