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1574, Private William THORPE - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Manchester c.1836


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 2nd of February 1854.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: None.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


From Dorchester to Maidstone Depot, 12th of March 1855.

Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 1st of August 1855.

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.

From this he did not serve in Eupatoria with the regiment.

From Private to Corporal, 1st of July 1858.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Chatham Invalid Depot on the 1st of October 1861 as "Labours under scrofula and secondary syphilis. Disease is the result of venereal virus. His general health is completely broken down and he is totally unfit for service. His state of health is such as to materially affect his ability to earn his living."

Served 7 years 129 days. In Turkey and the Crimea: 10 months.

Conduct: "good."

In possession of one Good Conduct badge.

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

Aged 25 years on discharge.

Granted a pension of 8d. per day for two years (22/10/1863).

To live in Clarence Street, Lower Brompton, Manchester.


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

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with one clasp.


Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Death & burial

Died in the Manchester Pension District on the 28th of August 1862.

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