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1832, Private Henry WELLER - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Bromley, Kent.


Enlisted at Maidstone on the 18th of February 1855.

Age: 22.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


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

Re-engaged at Canterbury for a further 12 years' service on the 16th of January 1867.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Colchester on the 20th of December 1873:

"Medically unfit to proceed abroad with the regiment. Granted free discharge to modified pension after 18 years service."

Served 18 years 137 days.

Conduct and character: "Very good indeed."

In possession of three Good Conduct badges."

Never entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book. Never tried by Court-martial

Aged 40 years 9 months on discharge.

Next of kin [in 1868]: wife, Mary Weller.

Awarded a pension of 10d. per day.

To live in Maidstone, Kent.

Medals & commemorations

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Turkish medal. Documents confirm the award of the Crimean, Turkish Medal and Long Service medals.

He was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 2nd of August 1873, with a gratuity of £5.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

He was living in Leeds in 1875.

1881 Census

Loppington, Shropshire.

The 1881 Census shows a man of this name as a Coachman (Domestic) aged 49, born in Beckenham, Kent, with his wife Mary A, a Domestic Servant, 41, born in Edinburgh, Scotland, and two sons, both Scholars.

Death & burial

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