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1698, Private David PITT — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Lewes, Sussex.


Enlisted at Brighton on the 9th of December 1854.

Age, 20.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Gold-beater.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 1st of August 1855.

Sent to Scutari on the 10th of October. 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 On Duty there from the 13th of October 1855.

Transferred to the 7th Hussars on the 1st of September 1857. Regimental No. 153.

Joined the Depot at Canterbury from India on the 25th of February 1867.

Discharge & pension

Discharged "time expired", from Canterbury on the 17th of June 1867.

Served in the field in Oude, East Indies, 4th of February to 14th of May 1858, including the Siege of Lucknow, 2nd to 16th of March 1858.

Served 5th of December 1863 to 8th of January 1864 in the Expedition against Sultan Mohammed Khan under Brevet-Colonel A.F. McDonald, C.B. Only three troops of the Regiment (145 men) took part.

Medals & commemorations

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

Mutiny medal with clasp for Lucknow.

Indian General Service medal 1854-95, with clasp for the North West Frontier.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

The 1881 Census Return shows him as living at No. 50 Goldstone Road, Hove, an Engine Driver (Brewery) aged 43, born at Lewes, Sussex, with his wife, Sarah, aged 44, born at Brighton, and one child, Minnie, aged 10. (His shown age of 43 could imply that he had either been younger than 20 when he enlisted or he gave his wrong age to the Enumerator.)

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