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1700, Private Thomas FORREST — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Preston, Lancashire, c.1836.


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 6th of December 1854.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Weaver.

Features: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Dk. brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 13th of August 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Newbridge on the 14th of October 1857, as:

Unfit for active service, Labours under secondary syphilis and scrofulous disease and constitution. His disease is the result of venereal disease contracted in June of 1857. — Has not been aggravated by intemperance. Not likely to be able to contribute much towards earning a livelihood.

Served 2 years 213 days. In Turkey and the Crimea. 1 year.

Conduct: "good". Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Aged 21 years 7 months on discharge.

Granted a pension of 6d. per day for nine months.


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol.

Further medal information archived.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

At discharge, he said he intended to live at 27, Back Sydney Street, Preston.

1881 Census

49, Taylor Street, Blackburn.

In 1881 a man of this name, aged 45, was a Cotton Carder, born in Blackburn, living with his wife, Eliza, 45, also born in Blackburn, and four children. The three oldest children were all Cotton Weavers. Also present was a Thomas Farrar, 75, Father-in-Law.

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