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1629, Private Frederick HYDE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Rottingdean, near Brighton, Sussex, c.1833.

A Frederick Hyde was baptised at Rottingdean on the 10th of April 1833, the son of Henry and Jane, nee Pope, who had married at Rottingdean on the 12th of November 1826.

Possibly related to Moses P. Hyde of the 17th Lancers.


Enlisted at Brighton on the 14th of July 1854.

Age: 21.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Labourer.

Features: Fair complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 29th of June 1855.

Shown as being at the Cavalry Depot there from the 4th of August "On 'Duty", from a nominal roll of the 9th of November 1855. From this he did not serve in Eupatoria with the regiment.

Transferred to the 17th Lancers on the 1st of July 1857. Regtl. No. 96.

Embarked for India from Cork aboard the S.S. "Great Britain" on the 8th of October 1857.

Served in action against the rebels at Zeerapore on the 29th of December 1858 and at Baroda on the 1st of January 1859.

"Absent": 24th of November — 2nd of December 1864, confined until the 6th of December, and imprisoned by a Regimental Court-martial 6th of September 1864 — 17th of January 1865:

"Absent": 2nd — 3rd of January, confined 5th-29th of January 1868, again "absent" 17th-19th of February, and confined 20th-22nd of February 1868.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "as unfit", from the Chatham Invalid Depot on the 28th of July 1873.

Reason for discharge:

"Hepatitis. Originated in 1868. Not in any way caused by his service, but may have been caused or aggravated by his intemperance. Can contribute towards earning his livelihood."

He apparently overstated his age on enlistment, as he is shown on discharge as being 36 years of age, and having served 19 years 1 month, of which 8 months were "under age", and 7 months as "dis-allowed". (No reason given.)

In Turkey and the Crimea: 1 year. India: 7 years 1 month.

Conduct and character: "Indifferent." Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Awarded a pension of 6d. per day for one year, "final".


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

Mutiny medal without clasp.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

To live at Brighton, Sussex after discharge.

1881 Census

108 Canterbury Road, Willesden, Middlesex.

Frederick Hyde is shown as a Bricklayer's Labourer, aged 45, born at Rottingdean, Sussex, with his wife Ada, 32, born at Bushey, Hertfordshire. No children are shown.

1891 Census

97, Pembroke Road, Willesden, Harrow.

Frederick Hyde, 56, Bricklayers Labourer, born Rottingdean.

Ada Hyde, 48, born Bushey.

Death & burial

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