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1346, Private Amos HARRIS — 113th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Newham, Berkshire.


Enlisted into the 49th Foot at Queen's Square, London. on the 22nd of November 1841. Regtl. No. 2006.

Aged 18 years 3 months.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Lt. brown hair.


Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 1st of January 1848.

Wounded and taken prisoner of war at Balaclava, 25th October 1854, and detained by the Russians until exchanged on the 26th of October 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 a Prisoner of War there from the 4th of November.

Tried by a Garrison Court-martial at Scutari on the 10th of November 1855 for "having been taken a prisoner of war at Balaclava during the Charge of the Light Brigade — of which he was honourably acquitted".

Transferred to the 5th Lancers on the 1st of March 1858.

From Private to Corporal, 1st of April 1858.

Resigned to Pte. "at his own request," on the 20th of September 1859. From Private to Corporal, 24th of July 1863.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Canterbury on the 22nd of May 1866, as "Free, at his own request, after 24 years service".

Served 24 years 181 days. In China, 2 months. Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years India, 2 years.

Aged 42 years 10 months on discharge.

Conduct: "good". In possession of four Good Conduct badges.

Ten times entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book. Once tried by Court-martial.


Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasps for A.B. and S., the Turkish Medal and the Long Service & Good Conduct medal.

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

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 15th of January 1863.


Life after service

To live at No. 11, Moat Street, Wandsworth, London after discharge.

Death & burial

[Editor's note: The GRO records a man of this name dying in the St George's Hanover Square district of Westminster in the quarter of March 1874, aged 49.]

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