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LIVES OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE
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Last amended 6.6.11. Minor edits 18.2.14, 5.4.14.

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Private Charles LEE - 1653, 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in St. Pancras, London c.1835.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Westminster on the 30th of October 1854.

Age: 18 years 7 months.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Mason.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.

Service

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

He is shown on a nominal roll of officers and men of the regiment at the Cavalry Depot, Scutari, made out on the 9th of November 1855, as being On Duty there from the 24th of October. From this he did not serve in Eupatoria with the regiment.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Cahir on the 15th of November 1856 upon:

"Reduction of the Army and not likely to become efficient. - Suffers from varicose veins of both legs - principally of the left. His disability is the result of constitutional pre-disposition. The veins are not now very large, but are likely to increase and he suffers from pain and cramp in the legs when riding so that he cannot be considered effective as a dragoon. Able to earn his living."

Served 2 years 17 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 10 months.

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

Awarded a pension of 6d. per day for 6 months.

Medals

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

Commemorations

Life after service

To live in West London after discharge.

The Returned Medal book shows Crimean medal returned to the Mint. No trace of issue.

Death & burial


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