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1535, Private William FOWKES — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Birmingham, c.1835.


Enlisted at Birmingham on the 16th of November 1853.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Gun-maker.


Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired", from Norwich, on the 17th of November 1865.

Served 12 years.

Conduct: "good".

In possession of two Good Conduct badges.

Next of kin (in 1854): Mother, Mrs. Fowkes, living in Anchor Yard, off Dartmouth Street, Birmingham.


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

Life after service

1881 Census

110, Windsor Street, Aston, Warwick.

A man of this name is shown in the 1881 Census as a Widower, a Leather Case Maker, aged 45, born in Birmingham, living with his three children, the two eldest sons being a Metal Roller and a Printer's Machinist.

Death & burial

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