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1218, Private Henry CARTER - 17th Lancers

Birth & early life

Born at Staines, Middlesex.


Enlisted at Hounslow on the 3rd of May 1854.

Age: 17.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Labourer.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 20th of June 1855.

Sent to Scutari General Depot on the 8th of November 1855 and invalided to England on the 25th of December.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 20th of May 1856 as:

"Disabled from service by Phthisis Pulmonary [TB of the lungs] developed on the passage home from the Crimea from exposure to cold and wet on board ship. Was invalided home from the Crimea due to fracture of the right wrist from a kick by a horse."

Served 1 year 187 days.

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

Awarded a pension of 6d. per day for a period of two years.

Medals & commemorations

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

Life after service

Living in the West London Pension District in December 1857.

Death & burial

Further information

In March 2012 the archive was contacted by Jonathan Gill, possibly a member of the wider family of an "H. M. Carter", seeking further information. Research is continuing whether this was, perhaps, 1145 Henry Carter, 17th Light Dragoons or 1218 Henry Carter, 17th Light Dragoons. 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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