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1737, Private Thomas COOK - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Luke's, Chelsea.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Westminster on the 18th of January 1855.

Age: 23.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Labourer.

Fair complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.

Service, discharge & pension

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

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Cahir on the 18th of November 1856, a result of the:

"Reduction of the Army and not likely to become efficient. - Is of a naturally delicate constitution. I am unable to say that he suffers from any specific disease, but from my observations in hospital he is never likely to become efficient. He appears to suffer from some sort of chest infection. Not aggravated by vice or mis-conduct. Able to earn his own living."

Served 1 year 340 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 9 months.

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

Aged 25 years on discharge.

To live in Paddington, London.

Granted a pension of 7d per day for six months, "final."

Medals & commemorations

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

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean and Turkish medals.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

Death & burial


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