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1505, Private Matthew KENNEDY — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Kirk Braddon, near Douglas, Isle of Man, c.1834.


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 1st of November 1852.

Age: 17 years 8 months.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Painter.

Features: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Sent to Scutari on the 1st of September 1854.

Rejoined the regiment in the Crimea proper from Varna on the 7th of February 1855.

Placed in "Barrack Cells", 20th-26th of April 1861.

Discharge & pension

Discharged form Aldershot on the 13th of February 1864, as:

"Unfit for further service. Has Pulmonary Consumption. The disease has been produced by repeated attacks of venereal disease. He cannot earn his own living."

Served 10 years 348 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years.

Conduct: "good". In possession of one Good Conduct badge.

Fourteen times entered in the Regtl. Defaulter's book. Never tried by Court-martial.

Sent money from the Crimea to his father, John Kennedy, c/o of Mary Pollock, Crescent, on the Isle of Man.


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.


Life after service

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Turkish Medal

On discharge to live c/o "The Cumberland Arms", Haywood Place, Douglas, Isle of Man, but he was living in Liverpool in 1875.

Death & burial

Death registration

The death of a man of this name, aged 47, is registered in the June Quarter of 1883 in the Liverpool district. [RM]

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