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LIVES OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
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Amended 18.5.2011. Minor edits 17.2.2014.

884, Private Richard HARRIS — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Enlistment

Enlisted at London on the 17th of July 1837 and being at the Maidstone Depot from the 21st of July

No other enlistment details are known except for his trade as a labourer.

Service

At Scutari from the 25th of September and sent to rejoin the regiment on the 20th of October.

Is shown on a nominal roll of men of the regiment at the Cavalry Depot, Scutari, made out on the 9th of November 1855, as being On Duty there from the 24th of October.

"In confinement" from the 25th of January 1858 and tried at Newbridge by a General Court-martial on the 5th of February 1858 for "Un-natural Conduct" and sentenced to 50 lashes, six months imprisonment with hard labour and to be discharged with Ignominy.

A fellow soldier from the 4th Light Dragoons, 151 William Woolerston, was also involved, and received the same punishment. This man had only joined the regiment on the 15th of January 1858. Aged 19, he was a blacksmith by trade (Vide 1881 census). Both men received the same punishment, being discharged from the service "By Authority" from Civil Confinement at Naas Prison on the 24th of July 1858.

Conduct and character: "Bad".

Forfeited all of his previous service. Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Medals

Entitled to the Crimean medal with Balaclava, Inkerman, Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.

Commemorations

Life after service

Death & burial


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