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1754, Private Charles CLARE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Beaminster, Dorset.

1841 Census

St Mary Well Street, Beaminster.

Son of Joseph [Blacksmith] & Ann Clare.

Six children at home [including 6-year-old Charles].

1851 Census

St Mary Well Street, Beaminster.

Joseph Clare, 67 Blacksmith Journeyman.

Ann Clare, 48 charwoman.

6 children [Charles is shown as 16, an Apprentice Tailor].


Enlisted at Brighton on the 16th of January 1855.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 7".


Embarked for the Crimea on the 4th of September 1855 and arrived in the Crimea at Balaclava as part of a draft of 50 men under the command of Lt. Robert MacNeill, on the 29th of September 1855.

Served in Eupatoria.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 17th of April 1862.

Medals & commemorations

Entitled to Crimean medal without clasp and the Turkish Medal.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

Death registered

Mary Ann Clare, 27, wife, registered September Quarter 1869 in Beaminster.

1871 Census

20, St Mary Well Street, Beaminster.

Charles Clare, 34, widower, lodger, Tailor, born Beaminster.

Marriage registered

Charles Clare and Fanny Viney, registered March Quarter 1877 in Beaminster.

Births registered

Joseph Henry Clare, June Quarter 1879.

Fanny Vivey Clare, June Quarter 1880.

1881 Census

South Gate, Beaminster.

Charles Clare is shown on the 1881 Census as a Tailor, aged 43, born Beaminster, Dorset, with his wife, Fanny, 29, born Litton Cheney, and two children, Joseph, 2 and Fanny, 11 months. A lodger and child are also shown. [RM]

1891 Census

Fanny Clare, 39, Tailoress, now living in Whatley, Langport, East Somerset.

Three children shown: Joseph 12, Eliza, 9, and George 5.

1901 Census

Fanny, 49, Tailoress, still living in Langport with Joseph and George.

1911 Census

Whatley, Langport.

Fanny Clare, 59, Tailoress.

Also shown are her married daughter and granddaughter, and a boarder.

Death registered

Fanny Clare, 71, June Quarter 1923, in Langport.

Death & burial

Death registered

A Charles Clare, 48, March Quarter 1886, Lambeth.

References & acknowledgements

Registration of births, deaths & marriage, and Census information for 1841, 1851, 1871, 1891, 1901 & 1911, kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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