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1812, Private Charles NEW — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Stourpaine, Dorset, one of three sons of Jesse and Jane New c.1834. He is recorded as being christened on 26th of October 1834, but this seems at variance with his later given age upon joining the Army.

Charles New's family can be traced back to the late 1680s in the Stourpaine locality in Dorset.

RM: The Muster roll for the second Quarter of 1855 shows what is thought to be his brother or close relation, Samuel New, born at Stourpaine, enlisted in the 13th Light Dragoons at Dorchester on 16th April 1855. His previous occupation is given as Butcher. He too transferred to the 5th Lancers on 28th of February 1859. He did not serve in the Crimea.


Enlisted at Dorchester on the 1st of March 1855, having been released from service in the Dorset Militia in which he had served from 8th of November 1853.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 5 3/4".

Trade: Labourer.

Appearance: Sallow complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


Absent from 7th of July to 14th of July 1855.

Imprisoned 15th of July to 14th of August 1855 for being "absent without leave"

Embarked for the Crimea on the 4th of September 1855 and arrived in the Crimea at Balaclava as part of a draft of 50 men under the command of Lt. Robert MacNeill, on the 29th of September 1855.

Served in Eupatoria.

Transferred to 5th Lancers 1st of March 1858, Regtl No.137.

Discharge & pension

Discharged at Aldershot on 18th of July 1860 as "Unfit for further Military Service in consequence of paralysis of the right side and muscles of speech." A further note added by a Dr Lucas stated "Paralysis of right side, loss of power of speech".

In Turkey and the Crimea: 9 months.

Conduct: "A very good soldier. He is in possession of one G.C. badge and one medal for service in the East"

Never tried by Court-martial.

Total service, Two years 109 days.

Aged 23 years 7 months on discharge, to live in Stourpaine, Blandford, Dorset.

Pension letters to 1863.


Entitled to Crimean medal without clasp and the Turkish Medal.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Further detailed medal information archived.


Death & burial

Death registration

Charles New, 40, September Quarter 1873, Wilton, Wiltshire.

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