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1785, Private James WILLIAMS - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Thomas's, Oxford.


Enlisted at Westminster on the 26th of January 1855.

Age: 24.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Servant.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Blue eyes. Brown hair.


Arrived in the Crimea on the 7th of July 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 On Duty there from the 4th of November.

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

Transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Military Train on the 1st of November 1856. Regimental No. 930.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 22nd of October 1861 as "Unfit for further service - Has Chronic Rheumatism - the result of exposure to cold and wet. He is also threatened by consumption. Not aggravated by vice or mis-conduct on his part."

Served 6 years 244 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea 11 months.

In India, 2 years.

Conduct: "good."

In possession of one Good Conduct badge. Never tried by Court-martial.

He was granted a pension of 6d. per day for 18 months.

Medals & commemorations

Documents confirm the award of "the Crimean medal with one clasp and the medal with two clasps for the late Mutiny in India."

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasps for Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal.

Mutiny medal with clasps for Lucknow and the Relief of Lucknow.

Served with the force under H. E. the Commander-in-Chief at Lucknow and with that under Sir James Outram at Alum Bagh.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

1881 Census

13, Jericho Street, in the parish of St. Thomas, Oxford.

The 1881 Census shows him as a Cordwainer, aged 52, born in Oxford, with his wife Ellen, 49, born in Fyfield, Berkshire, and two daughters, aged 17 and 14.

Death & burial

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