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Private Edward LEE — 1683, 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Brighton, Sussex c.1833.


Enlisted at Brighton on the 8th of December 1854.

Age: 21.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Labourer.

Sallow complexion. Hazel eyes. Dk. brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 1st of August 1855.

Transferred to the 5th Lancers on the 22nd of February 1858. Regimental No. 118.

Re-engaged at Colchester for a further 12-year period of service on the 2nd of May 1867.

Transferred to the 4th Hussars on the 1st of August 1874. Regimental No. 1403.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, on the 5th of March 1878, at "Own request, after 21 years' service".

Served 23 years 3 months. In Turkey and the Crimea, 7 months. India, 12 years, 9 months.

Conduct: "very good".

In possession of five Good Conduct badges.

Fifteen times entered in the Regimental Defaulters' book. Never tried by Court-martial.

Aged 44 years on discharge.

Awarded a pension of 1/2d. per day.


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

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean and Turkish medals.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

To live in Noble Street, Leeds, Yorkshire on discharge.

1881 Census

10 Clarence Street, Leeds, Yorkshire.

The 1881 Census shows him as aged 45, born at Brighton, Sussex, with his wife, Rose, 47, born in Dublin, Ireland, and 4 children, aged from 20 to 10 years, the three eldest all born in the East Indies.

Death & burial

Death registered

A man of this name is shown as dying at the age of 59 in the June Quarter of 1891 in the Leeds registration district. [RM]

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