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1145, Private Henry CARTER - 17th Lancers

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Pancras, Middlesex.


Enlisted at London on the 22nd of November 1852.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Labourer.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Wounded in action at Balaclava and sent to Scutari on the 26th of October.

Invalided to England on the 24th of April 1855.

At the Depot in Brighton from the 22nd of August 1855, and rejoined the regiment at Cahir, Co. Tipperary, on the 1st of June 1856.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Dublin on the 15th of December 1856, as:

"Permanently incapacitated from a wound received at Balaclava. He was struck by piece of shell on the upper and posterior part of the right thigh, the lacerations when healing are of such an extent that he cannot ride. He was also struck in the mouth by a grape-shot. The nature of injuries would no doubt interfere with his earning a living for a year or so."

Served 4 years 23 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea, 8 months.

Aged 22 years 6 months on discharge.

Conduct and character: "a good soldier". Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Awarded a pension of 6d. per day for 18 months.

Medals & commemorations

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

He is not shown as a member of the Balaclava Commemoration Society in either 1877 or 1879 and is never known to have attended any of the veterans' functions, so he may possibly have died before these came into being.

Life after service

To live in Hammersmith, London, after discharge.

Death & burial

Further information

In March 2012 the archive was contacted by Jonathan Gill, possibly a member of the wider family of "H Carter 17th Light Dragoons", seeking further information. Research is continuing whether this was, perhaps, 1145 Henry Carter or 1218 Henry Carter. He included two remarkable photographs linking Henry Carter with 634, Ephraim Mountain, 13th Light Dragoons. See his record to view these pictures.

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