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Amended 16.5.2011. Minor edits 16.2.14, 13.4.14.

1580, Private John EDWARDS - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Helen's, Worcester, c.1835.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Manchester on the 18th of May 1854.

Age: 19.

Height:, 5' 6".

Trade: Glover.

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

Service

Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 1st of August 1855.

Tried by a District Court-martial on the 3rd of November 1855 for "being asleep on his post." Given 50 lashes.

Transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Military Train at Cahir on the 31st of October 1856. Regimental No. 980.

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and sentenced to 42 days imprisonment on the 19th of October 1859.

Deserted from Aldershot on the 21st of January amd rejoined the regiment on the 9th of March 1860.

Imprisoned 12th of July 1861 - 10th of September, and again 12th of January - 31st of March 1862.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, as "a bad character," from Aldershot Military Prison on the 28th of June 1862.

Next of kin: Mother, Mrs. Sarah Edwards, living at Newlands Court, High Street, Worcester, to whom he sent money to her from the Crimea.

Medals

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol.

Mutiny medal with clasps for Lucknow and the Relief of Lucknow.

Served in the force under H.E. the Commander-in-Chief at Lucknow, and with that under Sir James Outram at Alum Bagh.

Lummis and Wynn state "Not on medal roll."

Commemorations

Life after service

Death & burial


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