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2034, Private Robert HARDING — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Somerset, c.1837.

See also the entry for his brother, 1382 John Henry Harding, 13th Light Dragoons.


Enlisted at Exeter into the 5th Dragoon Guards on the 25th of February 1855, his Regimental number being 1458.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Draper.

Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 20th of September 1855.


From Private to Corporal: 30th of June 1858.

Reduced to Private by a Regimental Court-martial on the 7th of February 1859.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "by purchase", from Aldershot on the 21st of October 1863. Payment of £30.

Served 8 years 8 months.

Conduct: "very good". In possession of two Good Conduct badges.


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

This medal was sent on an "O.C's certificate", dated the 11th of September 1857. In view of this and the fact that he did not transfer to the 13th Light Dragoons until after the qualifying period, his Crimean medal could well be named to the 5th Dragoon Guards.

His name appears on a Supplementary Roll of the 5th Dragoon Guards as being entitled to the clasp for Sebastopol.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

1871 Census

7, Crole Street, Swansea.

Robert Harding, unmarried, 35, Insurance Agent, born Glastonbury.

A Housekeeper and a Boarder are also shown.

1881 Census

19, Mark Street, Cardiff St. Mary's.

Robert Harding, aged 46, of "no occupation", born Glastonbury, Somerset, was living at the home of his brother Albert Harding (born Charlton Adam, near Glastonbury, Somerset), a Ship's Carpenter.

See also the notes for another brother, 1382, John Henry Harding. [RM]

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