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1227, Private John FITZGERALD — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Arnee, East Indies, c.1835.


Enlisted at Cahir on the 28th of January 1854.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: None.


At Scutari General Depot from the 1st of March — 11th of May 1855.

Again sent to Scutari on the 12th of September and is shown on a nominal roll of men of the regiment at the Cavalry Depot, Scutari, made out on the 9th of November 1855, as being On Duty there from the 15th of September.

At the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, from 1865.

Died there on the 21st of March 1871.


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

He was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 30th of June 1868, with a gratuity of £5, when at the Royal Military College.

The Returned Medal book shows that his Crimean and Turkish medals were returned to the Mint. No trace of issue.

Further medal information archived.


Death & burial

Died at the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, on the 21st of March 1871.

The parish records of St. Michael and All Angels at Sandhurst, Berkshire, show that he was buried there on the 23rd of March 1871, aged 41 years. No headstone can now be found for him (if, indeed, one ever existed). the old area of the churchyard having been cleared, except for a few well-preserved stones.

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