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952, Private Charles PRICE - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Helen's, Abingdon, Berkshire.

Enlistment

Enlisted at Queen's Square, London, on the 24th of September 1838.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Clerk.

Appearance: Fair complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.

Service

Sent to Scutari on the 16th of September and rejoined the regiment on the 10th of November 1854.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from the West Cavalry Barracks, Aldershot, on the 3rd of December 1862 at "Own request, after 24 years' service."

Served 24 years 76 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 2 years.

Never entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book. Never tried by Court-martial.

Aged 43 years 7 months on discharge.

Granted a pension of 1/- per day.

To live in the West London Pension District.

Next of kin (in 1854): Wife, Catherine, to whom he sent money from the Crimea. Price. Living at No. 2 Paved Court, Richmond, Surrey.

Medals & commemorations

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Long Service and Good Conduct medal

He was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 29th of June 1860.with a gratuity of £5.

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal (without clasp) on the 7th of October 1855.

Life after service

1871 Census

5 Cambridge Terrace, St George Hanover Square.

Charles Price, 50, born Abingdon.

Caroline, 48.

Francis, 17.

Arthur, 4.

1881 Census

Warborough, Oxfordshire.

Charles Price, a Military Chelsea Pensioner, aged 60, born at Abingdon, Berkshire.

Caroline, 58, his wife, born at Warborough, Oxon.

Also listed are his mother, 83, a widow, born in Abingdon, and a son, aged 14, a Pupil Teacher.

Death & burial

Death registered

The GRO Records register his death, aged 69, in the December Quarter of 1890 in Wallingford. [RM]

Further information

From the Regimental History:

"At a fire early in the month of October (1857) in a house close to the barracks (in Dublin) one of the men of the regiment, Price by name, lost his son and the premises were destroyed."

There was only one man by the name of Price serving at this time.

A son, Edwin, received his education at the Royal Military Asylum, Chelsea, entering on the 28th of December 1855 at the age of 9 years and 5 months. He was "Handed over to his mother" on the 29th of July 1860.

Another son, Francis A, also entered the Royal Military Asylum, on the 17th of April 1862, aged 10 years. His mother, Catherine, was shown as "Dead". He was "Delivered over to his father" on the 30th of August 1867.

References & acknowledgements

Census information for 1871 kindly provided by Chris Poole.


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