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1739, Private George TILLEY - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

1841 Census

Speldhurst, Tunbridge Wells.

George, 9, was living with his parents John & Mary Tilley and 3 siblings aged 1 to 12.

1851 Census

Mt Pleasant Cottages, Tonbridge. [Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells?]

George, 18, Journeyman Cabinet Maker, born Speldhurst, with parents John, 61, retired Coachman, and wife Sarah, and 3 siblings: Henry 15, Edward 11, and Margaret 9.


Enlisted at Maidstone on the 4th of December 1854.

No other enlistment details are shown apart from his trade as a cabinet-maker.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 9th of July 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, on the "Reduction of the Regiment", from Cahir on the 16th of March 1857.

Served 2 years 101 days.

Conduct: "good". Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Medals & commemorations

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

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.

Life after service

Marriage registered

George Tilley married Elizabeth Dane, September Quarter 1857, Maidstone.

1861 Census

Holborough Road, Lees Road, Snodland.

George Tilley, 29, Cement Labourer, lodger, born Tunbridge Wells.

Elizabeth, 33, born Maidstone.

One child shown: Charles 3.

1881 Census

3, Victoria Cottages, Snodland, Kent.

A "George Tilley" is shown, aged 49, a Cement Works Labourer, born at Tunbridge Wells, Kent, with his wife, Elizabeth, aged 53, born at Maidstone, and two granddaughters (twins) of the same surname, aged 6.

1891 Census

3 Holborough Road, Victoria Cottage, Snodland.

George Tilley, 59, General Labourer, Tunbridge Wells.

Elizabeth, 63, Maidstone.

Also a sister-in-law and 2 lodgers.

1901 Census

3 Victoria Cottage, Holborough Road, Snodland.

George Tilley, 69, Cement Labourer, born Tunbridge Wells.

Elizabeth, 74, Maidstone.

Leonard G., 6, grandson.

Death registered

Elizabeth Tilley, 79, September Quarter 1906, Malling.

Death & burial

RM: Died West Malling March 1904.

References & acknowledgements

Registration of marriage and death, and Census information for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1891 & 1901, kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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