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1593, Private David GOODYEAR — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Andover, Wiltshire.


Enlisted at London on the 15th of March 1854.

Trade: Labourer.

No other enlistment details are shown.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 21st of May 1855.

From Private to Shoeing-Smith, 7th of July 1861.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired," from Brighton on the 30th of May 1866.


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol.

Further medal information archived.

Life after service

To live in Winchester after discharge.

1881 Census

Binley Street, St Mary Bourne.

The 1881 Census shows him aged 52, an Agricultural Labourer born at St Mary Bourne, Hampshire, married to Ann, born at Hurstbourne Tarrant.They had two sons and three daughters aged between 13 and 4 years, all born in the locality.

1901 Census

David Goodyear is shown as still in the same village in the 1901 Census.

Entered the Royal Hospital Chelsea as an In-Pensioner on the 1st of March 1903. He had qualified for this by being granted a Campaign Pension of 9d. per day from the 9th of June 1895. He was shown as having served 12 years, being discharged "on the termination of his limited engagement of 12 years" with a character of "very good." and in possession of two Good Conduct badges. He had previously lived at Hurstbourne Tarrant, Andover, Wiltshire and was "incapable of any work." He was then 66 years of age.

Death & burial

He died at Chelsea on the 28th of August 1908 and was buried at Brookwood, no headstone being erected.

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