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1472, Private James FRIDGE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Taylorstown, Stirlingshire, c.1834.


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 16th of October 1852.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.


Sent to the Depot at Birmingham on the 1st of April 1854.

Joined the Depot at Maidstone from Dorchester on the 14th of February 1855. "Absent without leave" from the 19th of April and rejoined the Depot on the 14th of June 1855.

Deserted on the 15th of June and rejoined on the 15th of July. Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and imprisoned for 84 days from the 8th of July 1855 but he was released on the same day, "in order to embark for the Crimea."

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

Tried by a District Court-martial at Brighton on the 26th of July 1856 for "Escaping from confinement and desertion". Sentenced to 168 days' imprisonment and to be marked with the letter "D".

Deserted from Newbridge on the 28th of October 1857.


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

Can find no further trace to 1879.

Death & burial

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