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1567, Private Henry HOSKER — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Liverpool.

Christening registration


Birth date: 28 December 1833.

Christening date: 2 February 1834.

Father's name: Richard Hosker.

Mother's name: Ellen. [PB]

1851 Census

13, Court 8 House, St Andrews Street, Liverpool.

Henry, 17, Cooper, born Liverpool, eldest of three children of Richard Hoskar [sic], 47, Brewer, and his wife Ellen. His siblings were Mary, 14, and Sarah, 11.

Two lodgers are also shown.


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 28th of April 1855.

Trade: Carpenter.

No other enlistment details shown.


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

Transferred to the 3rd Dragoon Guards at Cahir on the 31st of December 1856. Regtl. No. 64.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired", from Canterbury Depot on the 25th of August 1866.

Re-enlisted at Liverpool into the 11th Hussars as No. 943 on the 12th of January 1867.

Age: 30.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Cooper.

Features: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.

Former service of 12 years 135 days in the 13th Light Dragoons and the 3rd Dragoon Guards allowed to reckon towards pension rights — By Authority of the War Office, dated the 25th of May 1867.

Private to Corporal: 1st of February 1867.

Transferred back to the 3rd Dragoon Guards at Canterbury Cavalry Depot (as a Corporal) on the 1st of July 1868, with the Regimental number 1003.

Corporal to Sergeant: 3rd of July 1868. Appointed to Troop Sgt. Major on the same day.

Reverted to Sergeant, "at his own request", on the 29th of April 1869.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from the Curragh Camp, Ireland, on the 23rd of November 1875.

Served 21 years 7 days. In Turkey and the Crimea: 2 years 29 days (sic). In the East Indies: 8 years 146 days.

Conduct: "has been very good". When promoted, he was in possession of two Good Conduct badges — had he not been promoted, would now be in possession of four.

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

Aged 41 years 5 months on discharge.

He later served in the Cumberland and Westmoreland Yeomanry.


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

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 17th of October 1874, with a gratuity of £5.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

To live c/o Mrs. Marrs, Castle Gate, Penrith.

Marriage registered

Henry Hosker and Rebekah Jane Walton, December Quarter 1876, Market Drayton.

Births registered

Ann Ellen Hosker, September Quarter 1877, Market Drayton.

Ann Elizabeth Hosker, March Quarter 1880, Liverpool.

1881 Census

Vauxhall Road, Liverpool.

Henry Hosker [appears to be "Hasker"], 47, Coachman Pensioner (Army), born Liverpool.

Jane, 30, born Liverpool.

Ellen, 3, born Market Drayton.

Annie, 1, born Liverpool.

1891 Census

94, Old Bidstone Road, Birkenhead.

Henry Hosker, 57, Store Keeper, born Liverpool.

Rebecca J. Hosker, 41, born Liverpool.

Their children appear to be shown as:

Annie E., 10, Domestic, born Market Drayton.

Ann E., 11, Scholar, Liverpool.

Death registered

Rebecca Jane Hosker, 49, March Quarter 1901, West Derby.

1901 Census

66, Highgate Street, West Derby, Liverpool.

Henry Hosker, 67, widower, Coachman not Domestic [the word "Groom" appears to have been added], born Liverpool.

Ann Elizabeth, 21, Housekeeper, born Liverpool.

1911 Census

18, Lambert Street, Liverpool.

Henry Hosker, 77, boarder, Army Pensioner, born Liverpool.

Death & burial

Death registered

Henry Hosker, 79, March Quarter 1913, West Derby.

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