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1431, Private John VEITCH - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Temple, Midlothian, c.1832.


Enlisted at Edinburgh on the 13th of February 1851.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.


1851 Census

Piershill Barracks, Leith South, Midlothian

John Veitch, 18, soldier, Private, born Temple, Midlothian.

Wounded in action at Balaclava, 25th October 1854..

Sent on board ship "without being seen by a surgeon," on the 26th of October 1854.

Rejoined the regiment from Scutari on the 13th of February 1855.

From Private to Corporal, 30th of September 1857:

"Absent", on the 7th of November, confined in the Guard-Room, 8th - 9th of November and reduced to Private by a Regimental Court-martial on the 10th of November 1858.

Discharge & pension

Discharged "time expired", from Aldershot on the 8th of May 1863.

Served 12 years 83 days.

Conduct and character: "Bad". Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.


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

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma and Balaclava on the 7th of October 1855.


Member of the Balaclava Commemoration Society in 1877 and 1879.

Life after service

In August 2023, Peter Johnston, JV's GGGG-grandson, emailed to say JV appears in the 1871 Census (occupation illegible). I have asked Peter for more info.

In the 1881 Census, a "John Veitch" is shown at 109, Blackburn Street, Govan, Lanarkshire, aged 51, a Printer's Pressman (Unemployed), born in Edinburgh, with his wife, Jessie, aged 54, born in Elgin, Scotland.

For some time, this entry was used on this web page. However, according to Peter this is not JV.

Death and burial

According to Peter Johnston, John Veitch died in Clapham in 1880. At his death he was a cab owner/driver.

References & acknowledgements

Census information for 1851 and information about membership of the Balaclava Commemoration Society in 1877 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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