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1332, Private Thomas MCGORRINE — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Roundwood, Co. Wicklow, c.1829.


Enlisted at Dublin on the 13th of June 1847.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: None shown.

Features: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


1851 Census

Piershill Barracks, Leith South, Midlothian.

Thomas McGorrine, Soldier, 22, Private, born Wicklow, Ireland.

Wrongly reported as "Killed at Balaclava" in the Casualty Lists.

Sent to Scutari on the 25th of June 1855 for "Invaliding" and to England on the 24th of August 1855.

1861 Census

9 & 10 Ironmonger Row, Coventry.

Thomas S Horton, 58, Auctioneer & Furniture Broker, born Darlaston.

Ann Horton, 56, born Stoke.

Anna Horton [future wife], 29, born Coventry.

Ann, 22; Alfred, 20; Walter, 17; George, 13; all born Coventry.

plus one visitor.

Marriage registered

Thomas Mcgorrine married Anna Horton, September Quarter 1866, Coventry.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Bury Barracks on the 22nd of August 1871, at his "Own request, after 24 years' service."

Served 24 years 49 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 1 year 1 month. Canada, 1 year 8 months.

Conduct: "good".

In possession of five Good Conduct badges.

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

Awarded a pension of 1/1d. per day.


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 24th of October 1870 with a gratuity of £5.

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with four clasps, Turkish Medal and the Long Service & Good Conduct medal.

Further medal information archived.


Life after service

To live in Bury, Lancashire, after discharge.

He is shown on the Regimental "Married roll" from the 11th of March 1866, his wife's name being given as Ann.

Death & burial

Death registration

Thomas Mcgorrine, aged 56, July Quarter 1885, Birmingham.

Further information

1891 Census

27, Sweet shop, Upper Forster Street, Walsall.

Anna Mcgorrine, visitor, widow, 59, Dressmaker, born Coventry.

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References & acknowledgements

Marriage registration, and Census information for 1851, 1861 and 1891 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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