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1139, Private James LUCAS — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Andrew's, London, c.1820.


Enlisted into the 4th Light Dragoons at London on the 8th of May 1840. No Regimental number was allocated as he did not join the regiment from the Depot.

Age: 20 years 5 months.

Height: 5' 9".

Trade: Baker.

Appearance: Dark complexion. Blue eyes. Brown hair.


Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 17th of May 1842.

He was batman to Captain Henry, A.D.C. to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland during 1848-49.

He is shown as being "On Duty" at the Cavalry Depot from the 4th of August, from a nominal roll of the 9th of November 1855.

He was invalided to England on the 25th of December 1855.

From this, he did not serve in Eupatoria with the regiment.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 9th of December 1862, as:

"Unfit for further service. Labours under Dyspepsia and broken-down constitution. Attributable to long service and intemperate habits. Will not materially affect his ability to earn his own livelihood."

Served 21 years 360 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 6 months.

Conduct: "good".

In possession of three Good Conduct badges.

Seven times entered in the Regimental Defaulters' book. Twice tried by a Regimental Court-martial and once by a District Court-martial.

Tried and imprisoned by a Regimental Court-martial from the 18th of November — 18th of December 1842 and again from the 17th of December 1853 — 20th of March 1854.

Tried and imprisoned by a District Court-martial for "absence", 17th of June — 31st of August 1858.


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

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma, Inkerman, and Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal.

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal (with clasps for Alma and Inkerman) on the 7th of October 1855.


Life after service

To live at No. 8 Huibly Cottages, St. John's Wood, London, on discharge. He was still living in the West London Pension District in 1875.

1881 Census

3, Chapel Place, St. Marylebone.

The 1881 Census shows a man of this name, aged 59 years, born in Chelsea, Middlesex, an Attendant at Coffee Stall, was living at as a Boarder in the house of Mary Simpkins, a Widowed Coffee Stall Keeper.

Death & burial

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