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1248, Private Patrick MORRISSEY — 13th Light Dragoons

Added 28.4.11. Minor edits 18.2.14, 5.4.14. Nw info added 3.4.17.

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.


1851 Census

Piershill Barracks, Leith South, Midlothian

Patrick Morrissey, 23, soldier, Private, born Tipperary Ireland.

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.

1861 Census

Piershill Barracks, South Leith, Midlothian

P. Morrisey, 32, Troop Serg Major, 13th Light Dragoons, born Ireland.

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, and Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal.


Life after service


Patrick Morrissey married 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 [five] known children of this marriage:

Richard, born 11th of September 1863.

Martha, born 2nd of April 1867.

Frank, born 23rd of August 1874.

Mary Sophia, born c.1878.

Births registered

Martha Morrisey [sic?], June Quarter 1866, York.

Frank Stanley Morrisey, September Quarter 1874, Canterbury.

Mary Sophia Morrisey, December Quarter 1878, Carlisle.

Death registered

Arthur Patrick Morrisey, aged 3 years, June Quarter 1873 (sic), Farnham.

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."

(There s a photograph of this stone in the 13th Hussar file.)

1881 Census

Stanwix Cottage, Brampton Road, Carlisle.

Patrick Morrisey, 53, Major, late 38th Regt retired, born Ireland.

Catherine Morrisey, 41, born Ireland

Richard Morrisey, 21, born Scotland.

Martha Morrisey, 15, scholar, born York.

Frank S Morrisey, 6 [any further info e.g. birthplace?].

Mary S Morrisey, 2 [info?].

He was appointed Captain of Invalids at Chelsea Royal Hospital on the 1st of May 1883. His pension was reduced to £150 per annum because he was living in unfurnished accommodation within the Hospital.

Death & burial

Died 1st of June 1888.

Death registered

Patrick Morrisey, aged 60 years, June Quarter 1888, Chelsea.

Died in his quarters at the Royal Hospital Chelsea on the 1st of June 1888.

In his will he left £2,952/19/3d.

Further information

1891 Census

2 Oxford Terrace, Fawcett Road, Portsea.

Catherine Morrisey, widow, 55, Pensioned widow of Army Captain, born Ireland.

References & acknowledgements

Additional birth and death registrations and Census information for 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, and 1891 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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