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1552, Private Thomas LEAGOE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Bethnal Green, London, to a family of Silk Weavers, c.1837.


Whitechapel St Mary

Name: Thomas John Leagoe.

Baptism date: 30th of July 1837.

Father's name: William Leagoe.

Mother's name: Sarah Leagoe.

Address: Union Street.

1841 Census

Matilda Street, Bethnal Green.

William Leagoe, 40, Silk Weaver.

Sarag Leagoe, 35, Silk Weaver.

Sarah Leagoe, 14, Silk Weaver.

Liza Leagoe, 11.

Thomas Leagoe, 4.

Loueza [sic?] Leagoe, 2 months. [PB]


Enlisted at Westminster on the 23rd of February 1854.

Age: 17.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Brick-maker.

Features: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Sent to the Depot at Birmingham on the 1st of April 1854.

Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 21st of May 1855.

Transferred to the Military Train at Cahir on the 31st of October 1856. Regtl. No. 957. in the 2nd Battalion.

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

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired", from Portsmouth on the 28th of February 1866.


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

Mutiny medal with clasps for Lucknow and the Relief of Lucknow.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

Marriage registered

Thomas Leagoe and Ellen Stilwell, March Quarter 1864, Farnborough. [CP]

1881 Census

18, Oval, London.

Thomas Leagoe, 43, Braid Maker ("Trimming Maker" added), born Bethnal Green.

Ellen Leagoe, 38, wife, Machinist, born Tongham, Surrey.

Sarah A. Leagoe, daughter, 16, Paste Fitter [?], born Aldershot, Hants.

Charles T. Leagoe, 14, Brass Founder, born Aldershot, Hants. [CP]

Death & burial

Death registered

Thomas Leagoe, 45, March Quarter 1883, Bethnal Green.

Marriage registered

Ellen Leagoe and Charles Trowse, June Quarter 1894, Shoreditch.

Death registered

Ellen Trowse, 74, June Quarter 1918, Bethnal Green.

References & acknowledgements

Marriage and Death registrations and Census information for 1881 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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