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Captain Thomas Howard GOAD - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born c.1827, the son of B. Goad, Esq., of Harley Street, London, and his wife, Ann Elizabeth, and brother of George Maxwell Goad, who also served in the Crimea with the 13th Light Dragoons. (There is more on their family background in George Goad's entry.)


Ensign in the 51st Foot: 4th of July 1845.

Cornet in the 13th Light Dragoons: 11th of July 1845.

Lieutenant, 13th Light Dragoons: 13th of August 1847.

Captain, 13th Light Dragoons: 8th of October 1850.

1851 Census

Piershill Barracks, Leith.

Thomas Howard Goad, 24, Officer, Captain.

Death & burial

Killed in action at Balaclava.

He was most probably riding a Troop horse at this time as a letter was sent to the Brigade Major, Light Cavalry Brigade:

"Camp Balaclava.

4 Octr 1854,

Sir, - With reference to Division Orders of yesterday's date. I have the honour to request that you will be pleased to obtain permission that Captain Goad of the Regiment under my command may be allowed to ride a Troop Horse, his Charger having been destroyed on the 26th ulto. for a fractured leg.

I have the honour to be, Sir,

Your most obedient humble servant,

C. Doherty, Lt. Col.

Commanding 13th Light Dragoons."

Campaign service

Captain Goad served the Eastern campaign of 1854 (embarking aboard the hired Transport Ship "Calliope") including the battles of the Alma, Balaclava and the Siege of Sebastopol. (Medal and Clasps)

Rode in command of "D" Troop.

Percy Shawe Smith said of him later:

"The last I saw of poor Goad was just going into the guns on my left... He was killed dead, as the Russians sent back a bill of exchange found on his body."

Soame Gambier Jenyns wrote of him:

"I last saw poor Goad about 150 yards from the guns, when the smoke was so thick we could see no one. Some men saw him lying on the ground, wounded, but having of course to fight our way back, could not help him."

His brother, George Maxwell Goad, also made enquiries into his fate:

"As soon as I heard my poor brother was missing I made every enquiry there - the only thing certain is that a man named Farringdon [this probably was Private Stephen Farrington, of Captain Goad's own troop] who, from some cause, was one of the last in the retreat, saw him at the Russian end of the valley, half-sitting up, with his revolver in his hand.

He had been wounded in the lower part of the face, or neck, but might have been wounded elsewhere, even though it is certain that he was either then, or afterwards, wounded in the chest, for the paper which he had in his breast pocket (a bill of exchange) and which the Russians had sent back, was covered in blood. There are stories about other men having seen him, but I could not make out if there was any truth in them."


Further medal information archived.

In the church of St. Andrew at Hartburn, Northumberland, there are two stained glass windows in the South Aisle, depicting St Peter and St Paul, that are dedicated to Captain Horace Cust, of the Coldstream Guards, who was killed at the battle of the Alma, Captain Howard Goad, 13th Light Dragoons, killed in the Charge at Balaclava, and Lieutenant-Colonel Edward H. Packenham of the Grenadier Guards, killed at Inkerman.

Nothing is known of any Goad family connections with the other two men, or of the area.

References & acknowledgements

Additional Census information for 1851 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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