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Private James LOWING — 1188, 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Clapham, London, c.1825.


Enlisted at London on the 31st of October 1843.

EJB: According to Lummis and Wynn he was a transfer from the 4th Light Dragoons, but no trace of this can be found on his documents.

Age: 17 years 9 months.

Height: 5' 9".

Trade: Gardener.

Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Sent to Scutari on the 27th of October 1854 and rejoined the regiment on the 11th of May 1855.

He is shown on a Nominal Roll dated the 9th of November 1855, as being On Duty at Scutari from the 8th of July 1855. From this he did not serve in Eupatoria with the regiment.

From Private to Corporal 1st of January 1857.

Corporal to Sergeant 20th of March 1858.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "after 14 years actual service and with right of registry for a deferred pension upon reaching the age of 50 years", from Dublin on the 20th of April 1859.

Served 15 years 178 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years.

Conduct: "good".

In possession of one Good Conduct badge when promoted to Sergeant.


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


Life after service

To live in Park Road, Clapham, after discharge.

Ordered to attend "for identification, re pension" on the 1st of February 1876.

He was granted a deferred pension of 4d. per day upon his reaching the age of 50 years on the 31st of January 1876. He was then living at 11, Victoria Road, Clapham, London.

1881 Census

22, Cross Street, Clapham.

The 1881 Census shows James Lowing as an "Army Pensioner Collector and Clerk", aged 53, born at Clapham, Surrey. He was married to Maria, born Galway, Ireland, and they were living with their daughter, also named Maria, 27, an unmarried School Governess. There were also three lodgers in the household. [RM]

Death & burial

Death registered

The death of James Lowing, aged 62, is registered in the March Quarter of 1891 in the Wandsworth District. [RM]

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