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1654, Private Youngs MENDHAM — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Swaffham, Norfolk, c.1836.


Enlisted at London on the 28th of October 1854.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Farrier.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 7th of July 1855.

Sent to Scutari on the 14th of August and rejoined the regiment on the 31st of October 1855

He is shown as being at the Cavalry Depot at Scutari from the 11th of August 1855 as Assistant Farrier, from a nominal roll of the 9th of November 1855. From this he did not serve in Eupatoria with the regiment.

To Farrier (ranking as Sergeant) on the 1st of April 1860.

Sent to the Depot at York when the regiment went to Canada. 11th of September 1866.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired", from Canterbury Cavalry Depot on the 7th of November 1866.

Served 12 years 10 days.

Conduct: "very good".

In possession of two Good Conduct badges.


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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

To live in London after discharge.

42, New North Street, St Leonards, Hackney.

The 1871 Census shows him as a Farrier, living with his wife, Marian, aged 28, born in Birmingham. No children are shown. [RM]

Death & burial

The GRO registers show a "Robert Youngs Mendham" dying aged 38 in the Shoreditch district (inc St Leonards parish) in the September Quarter of 1879.

[RM: See group photo of Farriers of the 13th taken around 1865. Youngs Mendham is certainly one of these men, but remains unidentifiable from the photo.]

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