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1245, Private David Bernard NASH — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Killurin, Tuller, Co. Clare, Ireland, c.1824.


Enlisted at Cahir on the 5th of May 1845.

Age: 21.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Appearance: Dark complexion. Hazel eyes. Dk. brown hair.


Discharged from the Royal Military College at Sandhurst on the 2nd of August 1871, at "Own request, after 24 years' service."

Served a total of 25 years 89 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 2 years.

Conduct: "very good."

In possession of five Good Conduct badges.

Awarded a pension of 1/1d. per day.

Once entered in the Regimental Defaulters book. Never tried by Court-martial.

He sais he intended to live at Pillerton, near Warwick, but he was living in the Halifax Pension District in 1875.


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

Shown as being entitled to the "Sebastopol" clasp on a list dated the 24th of August 1857.

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean, Turkish and Long Service medals.

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 6th of November 1867, with a gratuity of £5.

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

1881 Census

The Village, Pillerton Hersey, Warwickshire.

David Nash is shown in the home of Henry Flint, a Bootmaker, born in Pillerton. He is described as aged 57, Brother in Law, un-married, Chelsea Pensioner, born in Ireland.

Death & burial

Death registered

A "David Benjamin Nash" [sic], aged 75, is shown in the December Quarter 1899, in the Shipston on Stour district of Warwickshire (this includes Pillerton Hersey). [RM]

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