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Private William HILLS — 1705, 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. John's, Exeter.


Enlisted at Westminster on the 9th of December 1854.

Age: 22.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fresh complexion. Blue eyes. Brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 1st of August 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Cahir on the 15th of November 1856, upon:

"Reduction of the Army and not likely to become efficient. During his service he has been frequently in hospital and now suffers from a latent form of consumption — the result of pre-disposition and not aided by his military service. Never likely to prove efficient from the fact of his being tubercular in the upper part of the right lung."

Served 1 year 338 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 8 months.

Conduct: "good." Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.


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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

To live in Exeter on discharge.

Death & burial

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