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1097, Private Isaiah HARRISON — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Ash, near Canterbury, Kent.


Enlisted at Canterbury on the 26th of June 1841.

Age: 23.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Farrier.

Features: Fair complexion. Grey eyes. Lt. brown hair.


At Scutari General Hospital (as a Cook) from the 26th of September and sent to rejoin the regiment on the 20th of October.

Sent to Scutari again on the 29th of November 1854 and invalided from there to England on the 5th of May 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from the West Cavalry Barracks at Aldershot, on the 1st of September 1863:

"Unfit for further service. Has disease of the liver. General state of health is constitutional and from long service as a soldier. He is not capable of doing any work for a living, being completely worn out."

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

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

Aged 45 years 2 months on discharge.

Awarded a pension of 2/- per day.

Letter relating to him and another man from the regiment sent to the Military College, Sandhurst:

Horse Guards,

9th January 1857.

Sir, — By the desire of the General Commanding-in-Chief I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 26th ultimo and to acquaint you that His Royal Highness has been pleased to select the men named in the margin for the Riding Troop about to be formed at the Military College, at Sandhurst and to request you that you will hold them in readiness to proceed to Sandhurst early in the ensuing weeks according to the route which you will receive from the QuarterMasters Department.

I am, etc, etc.

G..A. Weatherall,


Similar letters were sent to the Officers Commanding the 4th Light Dragoons, 8th Hussars, 11th Hussars, and the 17th Lancers, listing the names of the men selected.


Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with four clasps and the Turkish Medal

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

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 18th of September 1863, with a gratuity of £5. (This medal was sent to him c/o of the Governor, Royal Military College, Sandhurst.)

(A newspaper report of medals held by the regiment in 1904 recorded that a Turkish Crimean medal named to Farrier Harrison was among them.)

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

Death & burial

Died in the South London Pension District on the 16th of June 1867.

A man of this name is shown in the GRO records as dying in the Easthampstead District during the April-June quarter of 1867, aged 49 years.

His death certificate shows that he died at Sandhurst, Berkshire, on the 16th of June 1867, a "Farrier, aged 49 years, from "Disease of the Heart and Lungs and Dropsy." An Elizabeth Jarvoice, also of Sandhurst, (who had to make her mark) was present at, and the informant of his death.

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