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1660, Private George SUMNERS — 13th Light Dragoons

Added 2.5.11. Minor edits 28.2.2014, 1.4.2014.

Birth & early life

Born in Liverpool.


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 30th of October 1854.

Age: 18.

Height, 5' 7".

Trade: Clerk.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 21st of May 1855.

Is shown on the April-June muster roll of 1859 as "Authority received for transfer" but there is no indication if he did, or where he went.

Transferred to the Commissariat Staff Corps on the 30th of September 1859, but remained with the regiment. Is shown on the muster roll as "Permanently attached".

From Private to 2nd. Corporal: 5th of April 1865.

To Corporal: 1st of November 1868.

In confinement awaiting trial, 13th-19th of March, but after being tried by a Regimental Court-martial and reduced to Private the sentence was remitted and he is ranked as a Corporal again from the 20th of March 1869.

Transferred (as Corporal) to the Army Service Corps on the 1st of April 1870. Regimental No. 1099.

Re-engaged at Woolwich for a further 9 years and 3 months service.

Corporal to Sergeant: 15th of March 1871.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Dublin on the 23rd of November 1878: "His having claimed it on completion of his second period of service."

Served 21 years 16 days. In Turkey and the Crimea: 1 year.

Conduct: "very good". When promoted was in possession of three Good Conduct badges and would now be in the possession of four.

Once entered in the Regimental Defaulters' book. Once tried by Court-martial.

Aged 39 years on discharge.

To live at No. 30 Farley Road, Luton, Bedfordshire.

Medals & commemorations

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

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with one clasp and the Turkish medal.

Was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal (without gratuity) on the 1st of November 1876.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

Death & burial

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