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1412, Private Thomas DAVIES - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Berren, near Newtown, Montgomeryshire.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Worcester on the 14th of October 1850.

Age: 24.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Farrier.

Features: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Lt. brown hair.

Service

Sent to Scutari on the 19th of October 1854 and rejoined the regiment on the 14th of December.

From Private to Corporal: 2nd of January 1856.

Corporal to Sergeant, 1st of March 1858.

Re-engaged at Aldershot for a further 12-year period of service on the 27th of September 1862.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Aldershot on the 24th of June 1873, as "Free, at own request, after 21 years service."

Served 22 years 235 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years.

In Canada, 2 years 11 months.

Conduct: "very good." Would be in possession of four Good Conduct badges if not promoted.

Awarded a pension of 2/- per day.

Next of kin: Wife, Ann Davies, who is shown on the Regimental "Married roll" from the 22nd of March 1857. A son, George, was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1868.

Medals

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with one clasp, Turkish, and the Long Service and Good Conduct medal with a gratuity of 5.

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

Lummis and Wynn state: "No clasps."

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal (without clasp) on the 7th of October 1855.

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 22nd of January 1870.

Commemorations

Life after service

To live, c/o. "The Raleigh Club", Regent Street, London.

Death & burial

Died in the No. 1 London Pension District on the 30th of October 1873 (according to the Pension Book.) The Long Service & Good Conduct roll states that he died in October 1871, but this is obviously not so.


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