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1808, Private James HODDER — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at North Perrot, near Crewkerne, Somerset.

1851 Census

James Hodder, 20, Farm Labourer, North Perrott.


Enlisted at Dorchester on the 28th of February 1855.

Age: 22.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fair complexion. Blue eyes. Brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 13th of August 1855.

Appears on roll as "Joseph."

Discharge & pension

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

"Reduction of the Regiment and totally unfit for further service — Suffers from varicose veins in the left leg, the result of constitutional weakness. Suffers from pain and cramp in the leg when riding, and on that account is ineffective as a dragoon. The varicose veins were first noticed about 12 months ago. Is capable of earning his living."

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

Served 1 year 261 days, In Turkey and the Crimea, 7 months.

Aged 24 years on discharge.

Granted a pension of 6d. per day for 3 months.


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


Life after service

To live at Broadwindsor, Dorset, after discharge.

1861 Census

Little Winsor, Dorset.

James Hodder, 29, Farm Carter, born North Perrott.

Mary Hodder, 28, Agricultural Labourer, born Netherbury.

A visitor is also shown. [CP]

1871 Census

5, Husbury Road, Axminster.

James Hodder, 38, Coachman Domestic Service, born Dorset.

Mary Eliza Hodder, 37.

Four children shown: 2 — 7 years. [CP]

1881 Census

Wilhaye Lane, B House, Axminster, Devon.

James Hodder, 48, Coachman Domestic, born North Perrott.

Maria Hodder, 37.

Seven children shown: 1 — 17 years (all born in Somerset or Devon). [CP]

Death & burial

Death registered

James Hodder, 55, December Quarter 1887 Axminster. [CP]

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