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967, Private Henry KIRBY — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. James, London.


Enlisted at Queen's Square, Westminster, on the 16th of November 1838.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 10".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Light brown hair.


Sent to Scutari Hospital on the 16th of September 1854 and to rejoin the regiment on the 14th of December.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from the West Cavalry Barracks, Aldershot, on the 17th of September 1863 as "Free, at own request, after having completed 24 years service."

Served 24 years 12 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years.

Conduct: "very good". In possession of four Good Conduct badges.

Eight times entered in the Regimental Defaulters' book. Four times tried by Court-martial.

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and imprisoned 5th of November — 30th of December 1839.

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and imprisoned 11th of August — 26th of September 1841.

"Deserted", 3rd of January, and rejoined 3rd of February 1846.

Tried by a District Court-martial and sentenced to three months' imprisonment, with hard labour, and to forfeit all of his previous service of 6 years 300 days.

(This however, was allowed to reckon again towards pension from the 14th of October 1842, vide War Office Authority.)

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and imprisoned 31st of December 1852 — 13th of February 1853.

Discharge & pension

Aged 42 years 10 months on discharge.

Awarded a pension of 10d. per day.


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

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

Lummis and Wynn state, "No clasps", but he is to be found on the Sebastopol clasp list.


Life after service

To live in Three Colt Street, Old Ford, Bow, London, after discharge.

Death & burial

Died in the East London Pension District on the 20th of February 1871.

The death of a man of this name was registered during the January Quarter of 1871 in the Mile End, London, district.

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