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1687, Private Laurence MURPHY — 13th Light Dragoons

Added 28.4.11. Minor edits 18.2.14, 5.4.14.

Birth & early life

Born in Liverpool, 1835.


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 23rd of November 1854.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 5".

Trade: Rope-maker.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 15th of May 1855.

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

Discharge & pension

Discharged "time expired" from Canterbury on the 2nd of November 1866.

Served 12 years 2 days.

Conduct and character: "good".

In possession of two Good Conduct badges.

Re-engaged into the 4th Hussars on the 30th of April 1867. Regimental No. 1053.

Former service in the 13th Hussars allowed to reckon towards pension, by Authority of a War Office letter dated the 4th of June 1867.

Discharged from the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, on the 1st of February 1870, as:

"Unfit for military service. Has Phthisis Pluming — Considered to be the result of military service. Will not be able to contribute much towards earning a livelihood."

Served 14 years 181 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 11 months.

In India: 7 years 4 months.

Conduct: "good".

In possession of three Good Conduct badges.

Twelve times entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book.

Never tried by Court-martial.

To live at St. Helena, Liverpool.

Aged 39 years on discharge.


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

Documents confirm the award of 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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