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Private Timothy LEARY — 1746, 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Whitechapel, London c.1832.


Enlisted at Westminster on the 16th of December 1854.

Age: 21.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Cigar-maker.

Features: Fair complexion. Blue eyes. Lt. brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 7th of July 1855.

"Deserted" from Scutari on the 9th of January 1856. and rejoined the regiment on the 19th of December 1857. Tried by a District Court-martial and imprisoned "for desertion" from the 20th of December 1857 — 5th of May 1858. Also to forfeit all previous service and to be marked with the letter "D."

In "Barrack Cells", 26th-28th of July 1861, and again 10th-16th of August 1861.

"Absent without leave", 29th of May — 4th of June 1865.

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and imprisoned, 5th of June — 4th of July 1865.

Served 9 years 253 days, to count. In Turkey and the Crimea, 187 days. In Canada, 1 year 281 days.

Conduct: "good" [sic]. Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Thirty-three times entered in the Regtl. Defaulter's book. Twice tried by Court-martial.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Netley Hospital on the 11th of August 1868, as:

"Unfit for further service. Has rheumatism with cardiac complications. Result of constitutional infirmity and pre-disposition. He can contribute towards earning a living. Not aggravated by vice or mis-conduct".

Aged 34 years 7 months on discharge.

Granted a pension of 6d. per day for two and a half years.


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


Life after service

To reside, "c/o The Tower of London" on discharge.

Death & burial

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