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1319, Sergeant Daniel MAHONEY — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Killarney, Co. Kerry c.1826.


Enlisted at Dublin on the 30th of January 1847.

Age: 21.

Height: 5' 9".

Trade: Draper.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


1851 Census

Piershill Barracks, Leith South, Midlothian, Scotland.

Note: It has not been possible to consult an image of the original Scottish Census document. The above information relies on the transcription available 28.3.2012, which is not always accurate.

Members of the Light Brigade in Piershill Barracks at this time, who would later go to the Crimea, include 1127 William Cresdee 13LD, 1029 Joseph Gammage 13LD, 762 John Linkon / Lincoln, 1140 Robert Lowthorpe 13LD, 1319 Daniel Mahoney 13LD, 1367 Isaac Manning 13LD (appears as Isaac "Maussings"), 1208 Edward Martin 13LD, 1207 Benjamin Marshman 13LD, 1339 Thomas McBrine 13LD, 1341 John McCann 13LD, 1254 James Pamplin 13LD, 1424, 1424 Robert Stanger, and many more.

From Private to Corporal, 15th of July 1852.

Corporal to Sergeant, 10th of May 1854.

Although recorded in the musters as being present with the regiment on the 25th of October 1854, he is shown as "0ff duty, sick," on the 27 October 1854.

At Scutari General Hospital from the 31st of October 1854 and sent to rejoin the regiment on the 10th of November.

Appointed to Troop Sergeant Major on the 22nd of February 1855.

Next of kin (in 1869): Wife, Mary Anne Mahoney. Shown on the Regimental "Married roll" from the 10th of November 1859.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Piershill Barracks, Edinburgh, on the 8th of February 1871. "Own request, free to pension after 24 years' service.

Served 24 years 15 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years 1 month. Canada, 1 year 5 months.

Conduct and character: "very good indeed". If not promoted, would have been in possession of five Good Conduct badges.

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

Awarded a pension of 2/- per day.

Aged 45 years 1 month on discharge.


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma and Sebastopol.

His documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal, with clasps for Alma and Sebastopol, the Turkish Medal and the Long Service medal.

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 2nd of March 1868 when at the Cavalry Depot, Canterbury, with a Private's gratuity of £5. (Claimed £10)

Further detailed medal information archived.


His name appeared on the 1877 list of members of the Balaclava Commemoration Society but not on the 1879 revised list.

Life after service

To live at No. 20 Norgate Street, Huddersfield, after discharge, but he was in the Cork Pension District in early 1875, in the No. 1 London from the 1st of October 1875, and living in the Edinburgh District from the 1st of January 1876.

Death & burial

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