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1102, Private Daniel LARTER — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Mary's, Colchester, Essex, c.1821.

1841 Census

Slyther Square, St Martin, Colchester.

Daniel Larter is shown as a Cabinet Maker's Apprentice, aged 15, with three siblings: Frances 18, Ezekiel 6, and Thurza 3, the children of John Larter, 47, a Tailor, and his wife Harriett. [CP]


Enlisted at London on the 6th of August 1841.

Age: 19 years 8 months.

Height: 5' 9".

Trade: Servant.

Features: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Served in Captain Oldham's Troop in the Crimea.

Marriage registered

Daniel Larter married Ann Phillips in Carmarthen in the June Quarter of 1845. [RM]

Sent money from the Crimea to his wife, living c/o J.P. Phillips, Priory Street, Carmarthen, Wales.

Mentioned as having "fought at Balaklava" in CRB Barrett'sRegimental History.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Norwich on the 2nd of January 1866 as "Free, at own request after 24 years' service".

Served 24 years 124 days.

Conduct and character: "very good". In possession of five Good Conduct badges. Never entered in the Regimental Defaulters' book. Never tried by Court-martial.

Aged 44 years 1 month on discharge.

Awarded a pension of 1/1d. per day.

One of his daughters, Mary Ann, was a Pupil Teacher in the Regimental School at the time of his discharge.

Letter regarding an allowance from the Patriotic Fund, dated the 6th of December 1877.


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

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with four clasps, Turkish Medal and the Long Service & Good Conduct Medal.

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 21st of October 1862, with a gratuity of £5.

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

Marriage registered

Daniel Larter and Eliza Chapple, March Quarter 1869, Greenwich.

1871 Census

70, Loundes Square, St Luke Chelsea.

Daniel Larter, 49, married, Butler, born Colchester.

Death & burial

Death registered

The death of a Daniel Larter, aged 55, is shown in the June Quarter of 1877, in the Strand district of London.

References & acknowledgements

Census information for 1841 and 1871 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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