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1533, Private Henry HUNT — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Bath, Somerset.


Enlisted at Birmingham on the 16th of November 1853.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fresh complexion. Blue eyes. Brown hair.


From Private to Corporal: 6th of August 1855.

Corporal to Sergeant: 1st of October 1855.

Found to have belonged to the 2nd Worcestershire Militia, and service allowed to reckon from the date of enlistment in that corps: vide War Office letter, dated the 12th of March 1866. He also had 1d. per day deducted for 18 months under Article 57 of the Mutiny Act from the date of his enlistment.

Re-engaged at Birmingham for a further 12 years service on the 16th of March 1866.

Appointed to Troop Sgt. Major on the 6th of September 1866.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Canterbury on the 21st of April 1875 as "Free to pension at own request, after 21 years service."

Served 21 years 157 days. In Turkey and the Crimea: 2 years. Canada: 2 years 321 days.

Conduct: "very good." In possession of one Good Conduct badge when promoted and would now have had four.

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

Aged 45 years 5 months on discharge.

Was awarded a pension of 2/- per day.

Is shown on the Regtl. "Married roll" from the 16th of January 1863. His wife's name was Mary Ellen.

Sent money from the Crimea to his mother, Mrs. Ann Hunt, 10 Clement Street, Leamington, Warwick.


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

Was awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 4th of June 1874, with a gratuity of £5.

Lummis and Wynn state, "Name does not appear on the medal roll", but he is shown on a Supplementary Return dated at Balaclava, May 18th 1855, as "Rejoined the Regiment from Varna, 7th Feby." and the Sebastopol clasp roll confirms this entitlement (as a Corporal).

See entry relating to 1195 Edward Hunt also concerning medals.

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

To live, c/o "The Butter Market", Canterbury, Kent on discharge.

Death & burial

Further information

A son, Henry, entered theRoyal Military Asylum, Chelsea on the 18th of April 1878, aged 10 years. His father, T.S.M. Henry Hunt, and his mother, Mary, are both shown as being "Dead". He enlisted into the Gordon Highlanders on the 14th of April 1883.

A 1624 Pte. Henry Hunt served in the 1st Bn. of the Gordon Highlanders, being entitled to the Indian General Service medal with clasps for the Relief of Chitral, Punjab Frontier and Tirah. Was killed in action at Maggersfontein in South Africa, on the 11th of December 1899. Also entitled to the Queen's South Africa medal with clasp for Cape Colony.

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