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Last amended 6.6.11. Minor edits 18.2.14, 5.4.14.

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1373, Private Henry LAND - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of Westminster, London c.1829.

Enlistment

Enlisted at York on the 14th of November 1850.

Age: 21.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Groom.

Features: Dark complexion. Grey eyes. Dark hair.

Service

Sent to Scutari on the 1st of October and to rejoin the regiment on the 3rd of December 1854.

Transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Military Train at Cahir, Co. Tipperary, on the 31st of October 1856. Regtl. No. 955.

Served with the force under the command of H. E. the Commander-in-Chief, at Lucknow and with that Sir James Outram at Alum Bagh.

The 2nd Battalion of the Military Train were used as cavalry during the Mutiny.

Died in India on the 23rd of December 1857.

Medals

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

Mutiny medal with clasp for the Relief of Lucknow.

Lummis and Wynn state "No clasps", and that he was sent to Scutari on the 1st of September 1854.

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal (without clasp) on the 7th of October.

Commemorations

His name is commemorated on the memorial tablet erected to the 2nd Battalion of the Military Train in Bristol Cathedral. The tablet has the following main inscription:

"To the memory of the Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Soldiers of the Second Battalion Military Train who fell during the rebellion during the years 1857-1858-1859 whilst serving as Light Cavalry, on the field of battle, died of their wounds or sickness consequent thereon. This tablet is erected by their comrades of all ranks serving in the Military Train."

See also e.g. the records of1754 [1704?] James Gobby, who died in 1858, and1226 John O'Keefe, who died in Calcutta in 1859, with reference to the services of the 2nd Battalion of the Military Train during the Mutiny. Land, O'Keefe and Gobby are all named on the memorial in Bristol Cathedral.

Death & burial

Died in India on the 23rd of December 1857.


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