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1056, Private James MORRIS — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Epperstone, Nottinghamshire, c.1822.


Enlisted at Nottingham on the 7th of October 1840.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Labourer.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Tried and imprisoned by a Regimental Court-martial from the 26th of December 1843 to the 29th of March 1844.

At Scutari Depot from the 16th of October and was a Cook there until he rejoined the regiment on the 29th of December 1854.

From Private to Corporal 18th of April 1862.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Hounslow on the 4th of January 1865."Free, to pension, after 24 years' service."

Served 24 years 88 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 2 years.

Conduct: "very good".

In possession of five Good Conduct badges.

Three times entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book.

Once tried by Court-martial.

Awarded a pension of 1/2d. per day.

Aged 42 years 3 months on discharge.

To live in Nottingham.

Next of kin (in 1854): Wife, ***** Morris. Living in Age Lane, Epperstone, Nottinghamshire.


Documents confirm the award of the Crimean and Turkish medals.

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

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct medal on the 22nd of February 1869, with a gratuity of £10.

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

1881 Census

136 Park Lane, Basford, Nottinghamshire,

The 1881 Census show James Morris as a Widower, aged 57, a Collier, born in Epperstone, Nottinghamshire, living with his son, William, 28, also a Collier, born at Coventry.

Death & burial

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