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1352, Private George BONIS - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Temple Michael, Longford, Ireland.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Longford on the 17th of February 1850.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 9".

Trade: Farmer.

Service, discharge & pension

"Deserted" from Edinburgh on the 14th of December 1850 and rejoined the regiment on the 21st of March 1851. In "confinement" to the 31st of March and after being tried by a Regimental Court-martial on the 1st of April was sentenced to be imprisoned to the 27th of June 1851, and "to forfeit all of his previous service."

At this time he was described as being of a "fair complexion, blue eyes, and dark brown hair.

Sent to Scutari on the 16th of September and to rejoin the regiment on the 3rd of October 1854.

Discharged, "time expired," from Aldershot on the 31st of March 1864.

Served 12 years 17 days, to count.

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

In his "Recollections", 1228 Harry Powell tells of an incident that occurred just after the ship carrying the 13th Light Dragons had passed through the Dardenelles:

"One of our men named Bonis, nicknamed "Bosh", in throwing the manure overboard, and being "half-seas over", prepared himself to have a cooler. He thought he could keep pace with the ship, and threw himself overboard, at the same time as the basket. A lifebelt was thrown to him, which he managed to catch; he was left behind in a very short time, the ship was hauled in as soon as possible, a boat was lowered and he was picked up. When brought aboard he was as sober as a judge."

Medals & commemorations

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

Life after service

Death & burial


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