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1624, Private Thomas MORTLOCK — 13th Light Dragoons

Added 28.4.11. Minor edits 18.2.14, 5.4.14.

Birth & early life

Born at Ingham, near Norwich, Norfolk, c.1837.


Enlisted at Westminster on the 13th of June 1854.

Age: 17.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Pianoforte-maker.

Appearance: Dark complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 24th of June 1855.

He is shown on a nominal roll of officers and men of the regiment at the Cavalry Depot, Scutari, made out on the 9th of November 1855, as being On Duty there from the 4th of November:

"Deserted" on the 15th of September 1856 and rejoined the regiment on the 7th of February 1858.

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and imprisoned from the 15th of January to the 11th of March 1858. Also to forfeit his previous service of 2 years 272 days, but this was restored by a War Office letter, dated the 6th of April 1864.

Re-engaged at Montreal for a further 12 years' service in the 11th of October 1867.

From Private to Corporal 1 February 1871.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Canterbury on the 30th of July 1876 (another source states Netley Hospital) as:

"Unfit for further service. Has impaired vision — both eyes. This man's sight began to fail, but did not prevent him from performing his duties, until 1875 at Lucknow. Requires strong glasses for near objects and is now unfit for service in the ranks. Disease is permanent, but he can contribute towards his livelihood. Not aggravated by vice or mis-conduct."

Served 20 years 67 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 334 days.

In Canada, 2 years 322 days.

In India, 2 years 54 days.

Conduct: "very good".

In possession of four Good Conduct badges.

Four times entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book. Once tried by Court-martial.

Aged 42 years on discharge.

To live at Cheetham Hill, Manchester.

Next of kin: Wife, Agnes Mortlock. Shown on the Regimental "Married roll" from the 13th of May 1866.


Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal, clasp for Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal.

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

Death & burial

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