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1225, Private Thomas Edward HIGGINSON — 13th Light Dragoons

Also recorded as "Higgenson".

Birth & early life

Born at Ballinderry, Co. Antrim.


Enlisted into the 14th Light Dragoons at Maidstone on the 25th of May 1845. No Regimental number was allocated as he did not leave the Depot.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fresh complexion. Blue eyes. Brown hair.


Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 1st of June 1846.

At Scutari General Hospital from the 22nd of September 1854 and sent to rejoin the regiment on the 10th of November.

"In cells", 31st of July — 3rd of August 1862.

Discharge & pension

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Canterbury on the 15th of June 1869 as "Free, at own request, after 24 years service."

Conduct: "very good". In possession of four Good Conduct badges. Never tried by Court-martial.

Once entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book.

Granted a pension of 1/1d. per day.


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

Lummis and Wynn state "no clasps", but he is to be found on the Sebastopol clasp list.

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal (without clasp) on the 7th of October 1855.

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol, Turkish Medal and the Long Service & Good Conduct medal with a gratuity of £5.

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 25th of August 1866.

Life after service

To live in Barrack Street, Dundalk, after discharge, but he was living in Belfast in 1875.

Next of kin (in 1868): Wife, Margaret.

Death & burial

He appears to have died at the age of about 64 (assuming he was born in 1826) on Friday February 22nd 1890, at Brookmount, three miles from Lisburn (near Belfast), and was buried on Sunday 24th February 1890.

 Notice of Thomas Higginson's death

Notice of Thomas Higginson's death, 1890.
[Information and image kindly provided by CP]

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