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1403, Private Stephen HARRISON — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Sandwich, Kent.

[CP: The 1871 Census says "born Ash, Kent", which is close to Sandwich.]


Enlisted into the 7th Dragoon Guards at Maidstone on the 18th of February 1850. Regimental No. 1145.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 1st of July 1850.


Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired", from Manchester on the 24th of February 1862.

Served 12 years 6 days.

Conduct and character. "good." In possession of two Good Conduct badges.


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

"Fresh medal" granted on the 14th of August 1856.

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal (with clasps for Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman) on the 7th of October 1855).

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

1871 Census

Royal Engineers Dept, Farnham.

Steven Harrison [sic], 37, married, Servant, Groom, born Ash, Kent.

Mary Harrison, 35, Groom's wife, General Servant, born Ireland. [CP]

Death & burial

Until the 1871 Census became available, it seemed as though Stephen Harrison's death at the age of 42 may have been registered in the Salford district of Manchester in the September Quarter of 1874.

However it now seems more likely that this was another man and that he in facter died a year earlier in Surrey:

Death registered

Stephen Harrison, 40, March Quarter 1873, Farnham.

References & acknowledgements

Death registration and Census information for 1871 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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