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1655, Private Henry VOSE - 13th Light Dragoons

Also recorded as "Voice"

Birth & early life

Christened 19th October 1836, St Peter's, Liverpool. His parents were George and Sarah Vose.

1841 Census

Eldon Place, Liverpool.

George Voice [sic], 28, Engineer.

Sarah, 25.

William, 6.

Henry, 4.

1851 Census

1, Great Orfe House Street, Liverpool.

Sarah Vose, 36, widow, Lodging house keeper.

Henry, 14, Office Boy, born Liverpool.

Thomas Whitfield, 69, Father, widower.


Enlisted at London on the 30th of October 1854.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 1st of August 1855.

From the Regimental History:

"During an extensive fire which broke out in the night at Belfast, men of the 13th Light Dragoons were called out to assist in quelling the flames. The conduct of three men of the Regiment was such as to merit a General Order being published.

Garrison General Order,

Town Major's Office, 9th of July 1858.

Henry Vose.

Patrick Cavil.

Joseph Gabrielle.

The Major General Commanding feels great pleasure in bringing to the Regiment's notice the very praiseworthy conduct of the men belonging to the 13th Light Dragoons, named in the margin, at the late fire in Belfast. The Major General Commanding has been assured that the men concerned were active, fearless and soldier-like and they were instrumental in saving the lives of some of the members in the premises on fire."

EJB: The other two men named did not serve in the Crimea.

In confinement: 1st-2nd of July 1859.

In "Civil confinement", 3rd of July - 4th of August 1859.

Again in "Civil confinement" in Greenlaw Prison, 4th of September - 6th of December 1859.

Sent to the Depot at York on the 11th of September 1866, following the embarkation of the regiment for Canada, and discharged, "time expired", from Canterbury on the 7th of March 1867 with 11 years 361 days service to count.

Conduct and character: "Bad".

Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Medals & commemorations

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after Service

1871 Census

34 Byles Street, Liverpool

Sarah Vose, widow, 59, House Keeper, born Sutton, Lancs.

Henry, son, 34, Letter Carrier, born Liverpool.

1881 Census

12 Fairview Place, Toxteth.

A "Henry Vose", aged 44, born in Liverpool, appears on the 1881 Census as a "Letter Carrier Liverpool Post Office (C...)". He was unmarried and living with his mother, Sarah Vose, aged 69, also born Liverpool.

1901 Census

The same man appears as a "Pensioner, Liverpool Post Office".

Death and burial

Death registered

Henry Vose, 72, December Quarter 1908, Toxteth Park. [CP]

References & acknowledgements

Additional Census information for 1841, 1851 and 1871, and registration of death, kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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