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1049, Private James William PERKINS - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Clapham, near Bedford.

Enlistment

Enlisted at London on the 14th of October 1840.

Age: 18 years.

Height: 5' 9".

Trade: Whip-maker.

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

Service

From Private to Corporal 15th of May 1850.

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and reduced to Private on the 20th of October 1850.

Left at Varna when the regiment sailed for the Crimea proper, at Scutari Depot from the 25th of September 1854 and was Master Shoe-maker at the General Depot at Scutari during January to April of 1855.

Rejoined the regiment on the 11th of May 1855.

He is shown on a nominal roll of officers and men of the regiment at the Cavalry Depot, Scutari, made out on the 9th of November 1855, as being a Batman (but not shown to whom) there from the 24th of October.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from York on the 1st of May 1866, at "Own request, after 24 years' service."

Served 25 years 196 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 2 years.

Conduct: "very good."

In possession of five Good Conduct badges.

Twice entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book. Once tried by Court-martial.

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

Medals & commemorations

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.

Lummis and Wynn state "No clasps" but the medal roll and his documents confirm the award.

Death & burial

Died in the West London Pension District on the 10th of February 1871.

Further information

The GRO records show him as dying in the Kensington District during the January-March Quarter of 1871, aged 48 years.


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