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712, Private Martin LODGE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Luke's, London, c.1813


Enlisted at Leeds on the 28th of May 1834.

Age: 21.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Labourer.


Tried and imprisoned by a Regimental Court-martial on the 29th of June 1844 for "Absence without leave and improper conduct". Sentenced to 20 days in "solitary confinement."

Sent to Scutari on the 26th of July 1855 and invalided to England on the 14th of August 1855.

Next of kin (in 1854): Wife, Helen Lodge, living c/o. John Gobler, 10 Northgate, Canterbury.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Dublin on the 21st of June 1858, as:

"Unfit from chronic rheumatism and general debility, the result of age and long service, together with natural pre-disposition. His state of health is such that it will prevent him earning his livelihood in any laborious situation."

Aged 45 years on discharge.

Served 20 years 352 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 1 year 4 months. India, 3 years 7 months.

Conduct: "good".

In possession of four Good Conduct badges.

Once tried by Court-martial.

Awarded a pension of 10d. per day.


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

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

To live at Andlip, near Worcester on discharge.

Death & burial

Died in the South London Pension District on the 14th of July 1860.

His death certificate (copy in files) shows that he died on the 14th of July 1860, aged 51 years, from "Chronic Peronitis, many months", at Derby Lodge, Mortlake, Surrey. He was described as "a Butler, Domestic Servant". An Ellen Lodge, of the same address, was present at his death.

Martin Lodge, copy of death certificate, 1860. Click to enlarge.

Martin Lodge, copy of death certificate, 1860.

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