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1531, Private George EASTWOOD — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Burwash, Sussex.


Enlisted at Westminster into the 3rd Light Dragoons on the 14th of February 1851. Regimental No. 2056.

Age: 19 years 4 months.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Sawyer.

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


Transferred to the 13th Hussars on the 1st of July 1853.

Left at Scutari on "Staff Employ" on the 3rd of May 1856.

Transferred to the 2nd Bn. of the Military Train at Cahir on the 31st of October 1856. Regimental No. 977.

From Private to Corporal 1st of January 1857.

Transferred to the 5th Bn. on the 1st of April 1857.

Corporal to Sergeant 8th of August 1857.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, on the "Reduction of the Regiment", on the 19th of June 1861.

Served 11 years 126 days.

Conduct: "very good".


In possession of one Good Conduct badge when promoted.

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


He is not shown on the Membership Lists of the Balaclava Commemoration Society in either 1877 or 1879.

Life after service

1881 Census

14, Rochdale Road, Tonbridge, Kent.

The 1881 Census shows George Eastwood as aged 50, a General Labourer, born at Burwash, Sussex, with his wife, Emily, 48, born at Stanmore, Sussex, and two sons, George, 16, an Apprentice Plumber [died in 1885 aged 20]; and William, 13, a boy Plumber.

Death registered

His wife, Emily Eastwood, 55, registered June Quarter 1888, in Tunbridge. [CP]

1901 Census

34, Rochdale Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

George Eastwood, aged 73, is shown as a widower, lodger, and General Labourer. [RM]

Death & burial

Death registration

George Eastwood's death, aged 72, was registered in the Tunbridge Registration District during the December Quarter of 1902. [RM]

References & acknowledgements

Registration of death kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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