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1248, Private Patrick MORRISSEY — 13th Light Dragoons

Added 28.4.11. Minor edits 18.2.14, 5.4.14.

Birth & early life

Born in Tipperary, Ireland, on the 31st of March 1828.


Enlisted at Cahir on the 14th of May 1844.

Stated age on enlistment: 18.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: None shown.


From Private to Corporal: 24th of October 1853.

Corporal to Sergeant: 1st of October 1854.

Appointed to Troop Sergeant Major on the 26th of November 1857.

Promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major, vice Braithwaite, on the 4th of October 1862.

Gazetted as Cornet and Adjutant on the 26th of June 1866, and acted as such until the 30th of December 1867.

Lieutenant: 17th of November 1869.

Captain: 14th of May 1873.

Commanded the Depot Troop at Canterbury from the 13th of December 1873.

Exchanged into the 38th Regiment of Foot on the 11th of September 1855.

Retired to half-pay, L.G., 3rd of January 1877.

Returned to the 38th Foot and on to full pay from the 7th of June 1879.

Retired to pension of £200 per annum and with the honorary rank of Major, on the 24th of January 1880.


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


Life after service

Patrick Morrissey was married to Catherine Sullivan on the 3rd of September 1858, at St. James's Church, Dublin, the ceremony being performed by the Revd. D. Dorian.

There were three known children of this marriage:

Richard, born 11th of September 1863.

Martha, born 2nd of April 1867.

Frank, born 23rd of August 1874.

He was later Captain of Invalids at Chelsea Royal Hospital, when his pension was reduced to £150 per annum because he was living in un-furnished accommodation within the Hospital.

He was appointed Captain of Invalids at Chelsea Royal Hospital on the 1st of May 1883.

Death & burial

Died 1st of June 1888

Died, presumably at Chelsea Royal Hospital, on the 1st of June 1888, the GRO records showing that he died in the Chelsea District, aged 60 years, during the April-June Quarter of 1886.

Died in his quarters at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. In his will he left £2,952/19/3d.

Further information

In the Military Cemetery at Aldershot there is a gravestone to one of his children, the inscription on it reading:

"In affectionate remembrance of Arthur Patrick, the dearly loved son of Captain P. Morrissey, 13th Hussars, and Catherine, his wife, who died at Aldershot on the 22nd June 1875, aged 3 years and 12 days."

See photograph of this stone in the 13th Hussar file.

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