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1021, Sergeant James IVES — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, c.1822.


Enlisted at Westminster on the 15th of August 1840.

Age: 18 years 2 months.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Cheese-monger.

Sallow complexion. Blue eyes. Brown hair.


From Private to Corporal: 19th of January 1851.

Corporal to Sergeant: 10th of May 1854.

At Scutari General Hospital from the 25th of October 1854 and sent to rejoin the regiment on the 10th of November.

Appointed to Troop Sergeant Major on the 26th of January 1856.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Newbridge on the 14th of October 1857, as:

"Unfit for further service. Labours under chronic disease — rheumatism and disease of the liver — the result of constitutional pre-disposition and most probably aggravated by hardship and exposure during the campaign in Turkey and the Crimea.

The disease was neither produced nor aggravated by vice or mis-conduct. Unable in an great degree to contribute towards earning his livelihood."

Served 17 years 61 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years.

Conduct: "very good". In possession of two Good Conduct badges when promoted.

Aged 38 years on discharge.

Awarded a pension of 2/- per day.


Entitled to the Criman medal with clasps for Alma, Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.

"Fresh medal" granted on the 13th of August 1856.


Life after service

To live at The High Street, High Wycombe, Bucks, on discharge.

1861 Census

High Street, Chipping Wycombe.

James Ives, 38, unmarried, Troop Sergt-Major, Chelsea Pensioner, born Wycombe, Bucks.

Living with widowed father and unmarried brother.

Death & burial

Died in the West London Pension District on the 25th of February 1868.

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