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1390, Private Joseph COULTER — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early years

Born at Dundalk, Ireland.


Enlisted at Dublin on the 25th of September 1849.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 9".

Trade: Brass-founder.


1401 Albert Mitchell in his "Memoirs" writes of him:

"Another man, Coulter... his horse was shot under him in the early part of the action. He made his way back to the lines and took a sick horse and rejoined the regiment and went safely through the Charge, horse and man."

Served at Eupatoria.

From Private to Corporal, 3rd of September 1857.

Corporal to Sergeant, 16th of July 1859.

Appointed to Troop Sgt. Major on the 2nd of August 1867.

Medals & commemorations

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

Further information

Died, "in his Quarters", at Toronto, Canada, on the 8th of February 1869.

EJB: He was most probably buried in the Military Cemetery at Fort George, in Toronto. By 1988 it had been totally cleared to an open space, and the Record of Burials there has apparently been lost. A few of the original stones have been set into a wall, and it is understood that these were the only ones found when the graveyard was "landscaped." (See photographs of the cemetery area and the wall, in the 13th Hussar file.)

"Coulter, Troop Serj-Major Joseph, 13th Hussars, b. Dundalk, Scotland [sic], d. Toronto, 8 Feb. 1869 of heart disease, aged 38 yrs.5 mos. Relig. C. of E."

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