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1496, Private Joseph WALKER - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Winsford, near Middlewich, Chester.


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 6th of January 1852.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Sent to Scutari to be invalided to England on the 15th of May 1855.

He is shown on a nominal roll of officers and men of the regiment at the Cavalry Depot, Scutari, made out on the 9th of November 1855, as being In Hospital there from the 25th of October.

From this he did not serve in Eupatoria with the regiment.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Dublin on the 25th of October 1858:

"Unfit for further service. Labours under confirmed Phthisis. His disease is the result of constitutional pre-disposition but has no doubt been aggravated by exposure in the Crimea, where his general health suffered so much from his state of health as to totally prevent him from earning his future livelihood."

Served 5 years 298 days. In Turkey and the Crimea: 1 year.

Conduct: "Bad".

Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Twice tried by Court-martial.

Tried by a District Court-martial at Newbridge on the 13th of July 1857 for "striking an N.C.O." Sentenced to 84 days' imprisonment with hard labour, and to receive 50 lashes, but the corporal punishment was remitted by the Lieut. General Commanding the Cavalry. Details of the second court-martial are not known.

Awarded a pension of 6d. per day.

To live in Middlewich, Cheshire.

Medals & commemorations

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

Death & burial

Died in the Liverpool Pension District on the 15th of February 1859. Confirmed in the GRO records.

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