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1595, Private William FENNER — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Cirencester [sic? Cheltenham?] c. 1833.

1841 Census

Heath Cottage, Cheltenham.

William Fenner, 8, and his sisters Sarah, 12, and Elizabeth, 6, were living with their parents William, 37, a Groom, and his wife Ann, 30.


Enlisted on the 8th of May 1854.

Trade: Groom.

No other enlistment details are shown.


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

Invalided to England from Scutari on the 24th of October 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "by purchase", from Aldershot on the 6th of June 1864. Payment of £10.

Served 10 years 1 month.

Conduct: "very good". In possesssion of two Good Conduct badges.


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

1881 Census

111, Belgrave Street, Ratcliffe, Stepney, London.

A man of this name was shown in the 1881 Census as a Gardener, aged 45, born at Tiverly, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, with his wife Eliza, 39, also born at Tiverly.

Death & burial

Death registration

William James Fenner, aged 52, December Quarter 1883, Stepney. [RM]

References & acknowledgements

Census information for 1841 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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