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1598, Private William CHASE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Stockbridge, Hampshire.


Enlisted at London on the 17th of May 1854.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Farrier.

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


Joined the regiment in the Crimea before the 1st of August 1855,

To Farrier (ranking as Sgt.) 1st of April 1860.

Discharged, "time expired," from Norwich, on the 24th of May 1866.

Served 12 years 6 days.

Conduct, "very good." Is in possession of two G.C., badges.

He re-enlisted into the 8th Hussars on the 13th of July 1866, Regtl. No. 982. — but a note on his documents states<

"This man was illegally enlisted on the 13th of June 1866 and re-engaged on the 12th of July 1866 — his service for the period, viz; 28 days, being allowed to reckon towards pension, vide War Office letter, dated the 21st of July 1866."

Former service in the 13th Hussars allowed to reckon for G.C and pension purposes; vide War Office letter, dated the 21st of July 1867.

From Private to Shoeing-Smith. 1st of January 1867.

Appointed to Farrier-Sergeant on the 1st of July 1871.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Longford, Ireland, on the 19th of December 1876, "Free, at his own request after 21 years service."

Served 22 years 190 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 11 months.

Conduct and character, "very good." In possession of five Good Conduct badges.

Never entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book. Never tried by Court-martial.

Next of kin. Wife. Sarah Ann. Is shown on the Regtl. "Married roll" form the 11th of June 1859.

Granted a pension of 2/4d per week. .

Medals & commemorations

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

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal, with clasp for Sebastopol, Turkish Medal and the Long Service & Good Conduct medal and gratuity.

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal medal on the 22nd of March 1873, with a gratuity of £5.

To live at No. 78 Copenhagen Street, Islington, London.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

1881 Census

The Principal Street, Kings Somborne, Hampshire.

The 1881 Census showsa man of this name, aged 49, an Agricultural Labourer, born in Kings Somborne, Hampshire, with his wife, Sarah, 39, born in Dublin, and three children: 20 (born Edinburgh), 10 (born Ireland), and 2 (born Kings Somborne).

1891 Census

Romsey Road, Kings Somborne.

William Chase, 56, Army Pensioner & General Labourer, born Kings Somborne.

Sarah Chase, 47, born Dublin.

Also their married daughter and son in law and grandchild, and Violet, their youngest daughter.

1901 Census

Main Road, King's Somborne, Hampshire.

The 1901 Census shows him living as an "Army Pensioner", aged 68, with his wife Sarah, 57, and daughter Violet, 22.

1911 Census

Vine Cottage, Kings Somborne.

Sarah Chase, aged 70, widow, born Queens County.

Violet Chase, Head, 32, Dressmaker, born Kings Somborne.

Death registered

Sarah A Chase, aged 77, June Quarter 1916, Stockbridge.

Death & burial

[RM: Chase's death at the age of 70 is registered in the December Quarter of 1903 in the Stockbridge registration district.]

References & acknowledgements

Registration of wife's death, and Census information for 1891 & 1911, kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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