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596, Private James SHAW — 13th Light Dragoons

Added 2.5.11. Minor edits 28.2.2014, 1.4.2014.

Birth & early life

Born in Halifax, Yorkshire.


Enlisted at Leeds on the 14th of July 1830.

Age: 22.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Card-maker.

Appearance: Fair complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Tried by a District Court-martial on the 8th of July 1839 for "being drunk on church parade." Sentenced to 10 days "solitary confinement." This offence occurred at Maidstone.

Tried by a District Court-martial at Maidstone on the 1st of August 1839 for "being absent without leave." Sentenced to 10 days "solitary confinement.

Tried by a District Court-martial at Cardiff on the 25th of October 1844 for "insubordinate conduct." Sentenced to six months confinement, with hard labour.

Tried by a District Court-martial at Brecon, Wales, on the 2nd of June 1846 for being "drunk on the line of march." Convicted, and sentenced to 50 lashes, but another source states this was 100.

Tried by a Regtl Court-martial at Dublin on the 4th of May 1847 for "being drunk when on Orderly Duty." Sentenced to 30 days imprisonment with hard labour.

The Regimental History states he was one of the four men wounded during the affair at the Bulganak River on the 19th of September 1854, just before the battle of the Alma.

From 1228 Henry Powell's "Recollections":

"The fire at the Bulganak was effective — a shell came and burst into a grey horse immediately in front of me. The horse was of course, killed — the rider not the least hurt. His name was James Shaw."

He was sent to Scutari on the 20th of September, where he is shown on the Hospital muster roll from the 24th.

Invalided to England on the 7th of December 1855.

Sent to Hull, "on furlo till discharged", on the 30th of June 1855.

Finally discharged from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 23rd of October 1855, as:

"Unfit for further service. Disabled from contusion from shell-wound of right ankle joint before Balaclava. Will walk lame."

Served 24 years 240 days.

Aged 44 years 9 months on discharge.

Awarded a pension of 1/- per day.

To live in Leeds.

His wife, Jane, was most probably with him in the Crimea as both are shown as going "on furlo " to Hull in the Chatham Invalid musters.

Conduct and character: "Up to the end of 1848 they were very bad — since when they have been very good." Five times tried by Court-martial.

Medals & commemorations

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

He is not shown as being entitled on the Alma clasp roll, although his horse was killed under him at the Bulganak on the 19th of September and he was wounded.

Life after service

Death & burial

Died in the Leeds Pension District on the 29th of July 1871.

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