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Amended 16.5.2011. Minor edits 16.2.14, 13.4.14.

1036, Private George EDWARDS - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born c.1821 in the parish of Yately, near Basingstoke, Hampshire.

Enlistment

Enlisted at London on the 12th of September 1840. Given a bounty of 3/9/6d on enlistment.

Age: 19 years 3 months.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fair complexion. Grey eyes. Dk. brown hair.

Service

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial on the 29th of July 1852 for "Theft". Sentenced to 168 days' imprisonment, with hard labour, and to make good the value of the articles stolen, to the value of 17/5d. Sentence carried into effect.

Sick at Scutari from the 9th of November 1854.

Invalided to England on the 23rd of March 1855 and sent to Aldershot, "On sick furlo until discharge", on the 26 of October 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 25th of December 1855:

"Having been found unfit for further service. Disabled by amputation of the right leg below the knee after fracturing both bones of the leg - caused by his horse rolling on him when on despatch duty in the Crimea on the 29th of October 1854. The fracture was followed by gangrene - in consequence of which the limb was amputated."

Served 14 years 220 days, to count. In Turkey and the Crimea, 9 months.

Conduct and character, "good." In possession of two Good Conduct badges.

Once tried by Court-martial.

Aged 34 years on discharge.

Granted a pension of 1/- per day. Living in the South London Pension District from 1855.

He said he intended to live at York Town, near Blackwater, Surrey, after discharge.

Medals

Entitled (according to the medal rolls) to the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman and Sebastopol.

EJB: In view of the accident which occurred on the 29th of October (when his horse rolled on him, leading to the amputation of his leg), however, it is difficult to see how he could have been entitled to that for Inkerman.

Further detailed medal information archived.

Commemorations

Death & burial

Died in the South London Pension District on the 10th of July 1869.

A George Edwards is shown in the GRO registers as dying in the Farnham (Surrey) District during the July-September quarter of 1869, aged 49 years.

George Edwards died at York Town, Frimley, from "Bright's Disease". He was shown on his death certificate as being a "Pensioner of the 13th Hussars". A P. White, of York Town, Frimley, was present at, and the informant of, his death. (See copy of his death certificate in the "Certificates" file.)

Likenesses

Photographs of George Edwards are known to exist in the descendant family.


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