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1715, Private Andrew PRESCOTT - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Liverpool.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Liverpool on the 7th of December 1854.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Stone-mason.

Service

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

Sent to the Depot at York when the regiment went to Canada, 11th of September 1866.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired", from the Canterbury Depot on the 14th of December 1866.

To live at Liverpool after discharge.

Medals & commemorations

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

A "Trooper A. Prescot" was present at a dinner given by the Liverpool Daily Post and Mercury at the Railway Hotel, Kirkby, Liverpool, following a Review of the Crimean and Indian Mutiny Veterans and local Territorial units by King Edward VII at Knowsley Park, Liverpool, on the 5th July 1909.

Edward Hindley and William Sewell of the 13th Light Dragoons were also present.

The veterans, numbering 66, were under the charge of Sergeant Major John Taylor, of the Pensioner Recruiting Staff, and the following was the "Order of the Day" as issued:

"God Save the King

Review by His Majesty King Edward V11.,

Knowsley Park, Monday, 5th July 1909.

Veterans' Orders by Officer Commanding.

1st July, 1909.

1. Muster at the Old Haymarket at 10 a.m. prompt. Please be punctual. Your ham and eggs will be on the table to the minute.

2. Do not bring cigars or tobacco. Those little items will be distributed ad-lib prior to the order to march.

3. The first halt will be sounded at Huyton, where liquid refreshments will be served out. Probably the day will be hot, and in that case a drop of shandy gaff will be more than welcome.

4. No need to tell you, especially those of you who have been to Doolali, not to take too much. There will be time and to spare for an extra drink after you have seen his Majesty.

5. Dinner will be served at the Railway Hotel, Kirkby, after the review, and should time permit, a smoker will be held.

6. The buses will leave the Railway Hotel at 8 p.m. for the "Post and Mercury" Office, Victoria Street.

7. Tell your friends to meet you there at 9 p.m. prompt; or if it is more convenient, to bring the "ambulance". You can then drop off anywhere you choose.

8. Most important order of all, and yet unnecessary. Let us one and all do our utmost to maintain the honour of the grand old Army to which it was our pride to belong.

By order,

John Taylor. A.S.M."

Life after service

1871 Census

23 Hallfield Street, St Helens.

Andrew Prescott, 34, Stonemason, born Liverpool.

Elizabeth, 30, wife, born Scotland.

Two children shown: Mary, 8, daughter, and Andrew, 5, born Norwich.

Death registered

Elizabeth Prescott, 32, June Quarter 1876, Prescott [sic].

1881 Census

Hay Green Road, Wavertree, Lancashire.

The 1881 Census shows him as a Mason, aged 47, born in Liverpool, with his wife, Jessie, 40, born in Edinburgh, and one son, Andrew, 15, of No Occupation, born Norwich].

1891 Census

5a, Wellington Road, Wavertree.

Andrew Prescott, 54, Stonemason, born Scotland [sic].

Jessie, 50.

Death registered

Jessie Elizabeth Prescott, 53, March Quarter 1894, West Derby.

Marriage registered

Andrew Prescott married Sarah Ann Fairclough, September Quarter 1895, West Derby.

1901 Census

22 Pearson Street, Wavertree, Liverpool.

Andrew Prescott 64, Stonemason, born Liverpool.

Sarah A, 45.

1911 Census

148 Picton Road, Wavertree, Liverpool.

Andrew Prescott, 74, Army Pensioner, retired Stonemason, born Liverpool.

Sarah Ann, 54.

Death & burial

Death registered

Andrew Prescott, December 1919 Quarter, West Derby.

References & acknowledgements

Registration of marriage and deaths, Census information for 1871, 1891 & 1911, and additional information for 1901, kindly provided by Chris Poole.


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