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Amended 14.5.11. Minor edits 17.2.2014.

1581, Private Edward COOK - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Vauxhall, London.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Worcester on the 18th of May 1854.

Age: 17 years 11 months.

Height: 5' 7.

Trade: Gardener.

Dark complexion. Hazel eyes. Dk. brown hair.

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

Service

Served at Eupatoria

Tried by a District Court-martial on the 3rd of November 1855 for "being asleep on his post," and sentenced to 50 lashes.

He was also imprisoned from the 10th of April - 8th of May 1855 and again from the 1-5 of November 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Cahir on the 17th of October 1856, a result of being:

"Found unfit for further service. This man suffers from a dislocation of the index finger, the result of an accident previous to him entering the service. He has no secure grip of his bridle rein and is therefore unfit for the duties of a dragoon. He is not incapacitated from earning his living."

Served 2 years 171 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 1 year.

Conduct, "good". Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Aged 20 years 6 months on discharge.

Granted a pension of 6d. per day for 9 months.

To live in London.

Letters sent in respect of a pension claim until the 14th of April 1896.

Medals & commemorations

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

1881 Census

No. 15 Buckingham Street, St Martins in the Fields, London.

The 1881 Census shows a man of this name, aged 45, born in London, was living as a Housekeeper (4/7) with his wife, Ann, 45, born in Staverton, Devon, and a son, 14, a Scholar.

Death & burial


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