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1557, Private J. VANN - 4th Light Dragoons

Is "J" short for "James" or "John William"?

There was originally no information about this man in the EJBA.

When he started researching the field, Jim Boys included only those men he knew from records had actually arrived in the Crimea and were entitled to the Crimea Medal. He later accepted that this was too restrictive, but was unable to add all the men who embarked for but did not reach the Crimea. Many, for example, died en route at Varna, Bulgaria, where epidemic diseases such as cholera were rife in the camps. Others arrived too late to qualify.

The current editors are intending to include these men, and will be adding information as soon as possible.

Further information: Crider, 3rd edition, p. 119 (listed as "J.W. Vann"); Wendy Leahy, Shadows of Time website (www.shadowsoftime.co.nz/4ths/dragoon.html (listed as "John William").

Information from Wendy Leahy

John William Vann

Born: c.1832

Born at: Leicester

Occupations: Clerk

Father: John, of G[rea]t Glen, Leicester

1st Regiment no: 1557

Enlisted: 05 02 1853, Birmingham, aged 21 years 4 months

Height at enlistment: 5' 7"

Rank: 1853-1854: Private

Other duties: 01 09 1854: To Varna Hospital

Died: at Scutari

Will: 15s 7d

Next of kin: Father, John Vann, of G[reat] Glen, Leicester

TNA sources: WO/12/657, WO/12/659

[Source: Wendy Leahy, http://shadowsoftime.co.nz/4ths/dragoonuv/vann1.html (accessed 4.3.2014). We are very grateful to Wendy for allowing us to reproduce information she has collected.]

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Part of a stone headstone commemorating the Vann family, St Cuthbert's Church, Great Glen, Leicestershire (photo, Nige Vann, date?)

CORPL 4th.L.D.

Another brother, Henry, a sergeant in the RE, died at Mauritius in 1867.

1841 Census

Great Glen, Leicestershire.

John Vann, 50, 1791, Male, Agricultural Labourer.

Mary Vann, 45, 1796, Female.

Thomas Vann, 20, 1821, Male, Bricklayer Apprentice.

Ann Vann, 14, 1827, Female.

James Vann, 10, 1831, Male.

Joseph Vann, 8, 1833, Male.

Henry [?] Vann, 5, 1836, Male.

King [?] Vann, 3, 1838, Male.

All born Leicestershire


The headstone as a whole reads:

In affectionate remembrance of JOHN VANN, who died February 18th 1867 aged 78 years.

MARY wife of the above who died October 18th 1853 aged 59 years.

also of their sons THOMAS VANN who died September 23rd 1849 aged 27 years.

JAMES VANN Corpl 4th L.D who died at Varna September 11th 1854 aged 22 years.

HENRY VANN Sergt R.E. who died at the Mauritius, April 7th 1867 aged 30 years.

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again Even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

[Source: http://www.leicestershirevillages.com/greatglen/missectionc1.html (accessed 6 May 2015). The headstone is apparently close to the west end of the church, on the north side.]

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