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1481, Private Charles BYRNE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Kells, Co. Meath.


Enlisted into the 62nd Foot at Dublin on the 5th of March 1852. Regtl. No. 3329.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Cordwainer.

Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 1st of August 1852, "to serve with elder brother". (This was 1335 James Byrne.)

Service, discharge & pension

At Scutari Hospital from the 14th of September 1854 and sent to rejoin the regiment on the 3rd of October.

Served at Eupatoria.

Transferred to the 5th Lancers on the 16th of March 1858. Regtl. No. 135.

To Corporal from Private: 5th of April 1860.

Corporal to Sergeant: 11th of February 1863.

Employed as a "Conservancy Overseer" from the 1st of April 1865.

Embarked for England, "invalided", on the 16th of January 1868.

Medals & commemorations

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

Death & burial

Died "At Sea", aboard the "Shannon", on the 2nd of April 1868.

The sum of £103/1/2d in his Savings Account was forwarded to his wife from the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley. (Name and address not shown.)

His widow, Selina Byrne, was living in Coventry at the time of his death.

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