Home Search Index of men A-Z

The E.J. Boys Archive

Added 3.5.11. Minor edits 2.3.2014.

1694, Private Matthew WEBSTER - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in London.


Enlisted at London on the 22nd of October 1854.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 5".

Trade: Porter.


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

He was shown on a nominal roll of men of the Regiment made out at the Cavalry Depot, Scutari on the 9th of November 1855 as being On Duty there from the 21st of August.

Transferred to the 3rd Dragoon Guards at Cahir on the 18th of February 1857. Regimental No. 276.

Went to India aboard the "Ghengis Khan."

Joined the Depot at Canterbury from India on the 22nd of December 1866.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired", from Canterbury on the 24th of April 1867.

Medals & commemorations

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

Webster married twice, and had children with both wives.

Birth registered

Emma Webster, September Quarter 1870, Wandsworth.

1871 Census

2, Cumberland Terrace, All Saints, Wandsworth.

Matthew Webster, 38, Painter, Lodger, born London, Middlesex.

Margaret Webster, 38, wife, born London, Middlesex.

Emma Webster, 8 months.


In the 1871 Census, Priscilla Turner [future wife] was 22, and living in the High Street, Lakenheath, Suffolk, as a Domestic Servant to a Merchant and Landowner. She was born in the town.

Death registered

A Margaret Webster, June Quarter, Farnham.

Marriage registered

Matthew Joseph Webster married Priscilla Turner, December Quarter 1876, Wandsworth.

Births registered

Priscilla Webster, December Quarter 1877, Wandsworth.

Matthew Joseph Webster, March Quarter 1881, Wandsworth.

1881 Census

4, Hampton Terrace, Obligation Road [now Beechcroft Road], Wandsworth.

Matthew Webster, 46, Painter, born Westminster.

Priscilla Webster, 32, born Lakenheath, Suffolk.

Three children are shown: Emma 10, Priscilla 3, and Matthew 3 months.

Birth registered

Ada Minnie Webster, June Quarter 1888, Wandsworth.

1901 Census

45, Beechcroft Road, Wandsworth.

Matthew Webster, 68, House Painter.

Priscilla, 23, daughter, born Wandsworth.

Emily, 18, daughter, born Wandsworth.

Ada, 13, daughter, born Wandsworth.

Death and burial

No date or place of death has yet been found. Chris Poole has discovered that MW must have died sometime between 1901 and 1911 because the 1911 Census describes his wife Priscilla as a widow. A Domestic Servant, she was living with her married daughter Emily and her family at 36, Moring Road, Tooting.

References & acknowledgements

The editors are very grateful to Chris Poole for providing information about Matthew Webster's life after military service, notably details of his marriages and children, and for Census entries for 1871, 1881 and 1901.

New on the site Search Index of men W
For further information, or to express an interest in the project, please email the editors, Philip Boys & Roy Mills, viainfo@chargeofthelightbrigade.com