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1491, Corporal Edward Walter Aubrey SMITH — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life


Enlisted at Hounslow on the 29th of September 1852.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: None shown.


From Private to Corporal 11th of August 1854.

Killed in action at Balaclava.

1491 Albert Mitchell states in his "Recollections" that:"[A] Corporal riding on my right was struck by a shot or shell full in the face, completely smashing it — the blood and brains bespattered us who rode near."

The Regimental History notes: "This has now been ascertained to have been Corporal E. W. Aubrey Smith."

Medals & commemorations

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma, Balaclava and Sebastopol.

Death & burial

Killed in action at Balaclava.

Further information

According to Lummis and Wynn, he was the son of a Major Smith, and a memorial plaque is supposed to have been erected to him in a church at Hammersmith, London, on the 11th of May 1911, but it has not been possible to confirm this.

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