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1744, Private Arthur WARD - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Spalding, Lincolnshire.


Enlisted at Maidstone on the 18th of November 1854.

Age: 23 years 9 months.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Lt. brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 7th of July 1855.

Transferred to the Military Train on the 1st of November 1856. Regimental No. 972.

Deserted on the 1st of January and rejoined the regiment on the 6th of July 1857. Tried by a District Court-martial and imprisoned 6th of July - 24th of August 1857 and to forfeit 2 years 15 days previous service by this conviction.

From Private to Corporal: 1st of October 1857.

Corporal to Sergeant 22nd of February 1859.

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and reduced to Private for "being drunk, and absent." Imprisoned 4th -14th of June 1860.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Dublin on the 10th of June 1861:

"Unfit from disability. Has Pulmonary Consumption - not directly attributable to his military service, but appears to have originated from a cold caught in a military prison."

Served 3 years 195 days, to count.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 11 months.

Conduct "Indifferent". Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges. Twice tried by Court-martial.

Granted a pension of 6d. per day for three months, "final."

Aged 30 years 1 month on discharge.

To live in Spalding.

Medals & commemorations

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

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

Death & burial

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