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1676, Private Frederick DALLINGER - 13th Light Dragoons

Often recorded as "Dallenger" or "Dallanger".

Birth & early life

Born at Woodbridge, Suffolk c.1837.

Birth registered

Frederick John Dallenger, October Quarter 1837, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

[Source: Free BMDBirth Index, 1837-1915.]

Christened at Woodbridge, Suffolk: Frederick John Dallinger, 6 January 1839, Father, John; Mother, Sarah.

[Source: England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906.


In the 1841 Census for Market Wickham, Suffolk, a three-year-old Frederick was living with his mother, Sarah, aged 25, and father, John, an auctioneer [& accountant?], also 25. A brother and sister are also shown, and two others.

1841 Census

Nursery [?], Market Wickham, Suffolk.

John Dallenger, 25, Auctioneer & [?]

Sarah Dallenger, 25.

Bertha [?] Dallenger, 5.

Frederick Dallenger, 3.

Arthur Dallenger, 1.

Elizabeth [?], 30, Independent.

Mary York [?], 15, [?].

All born in Suffolk.


In the 1851 Census, Frederick, was living with his father, mother and six brothers and sisters. Although only 13, he was described as an "Attorney's Writing Clerk".

1851 Census

Thorofare Street, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

John Dallenger, Head, Married, 38, Accountant, born Ipswich, Suffolk.

S Dallenger, Wife, Married, 36, Hasketon, Suffolk.

B Dallenger, Daughter, Unmarried, 15, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

F J Dallenger, Son, 13, Attorney's Writing Clerk, Woodbridge, Suffolk.

A B E Dallenger, Son, 11, Scholar, Wickham Market, Suffolk.

C S Dallenger, Daughter, 9, Wickham Market, Suffolk.

B M Dallenger, Son, 6, Wickham Market, Suffolk.

F Dallenger, Son, 4, Wickham Market, Suffolk.

W H Dallenger, Son, 0, Woodbridge, Suffolk.



Enlisted at London on the 14th of November 1854.

Age: 17 years 10 months.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Clerk.

Features: Fresh complexion. Brown eyes. Lt. brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 25th of May 1855.

Sent to Scutari on the 25th of August 1855, invalided to England on the 6th of October, and joined the Depot on the 6th of November 1855.

Transferred to the 2nd Bn. of the Military Train at Cahir on the 1st of November 1856. Regimental No. 982.

From Private to Corporal: 1st of January 1857.

Served with the force under the command of H.E. the Commander-in-Chief and Lucknow and with that under Sir Janes Outram at Alum Bagh (1857).

Corporal to Sergeant: 24th of June 1858.

Appointed to Pay-master Sergeant on the 1st of December 1858.

Deserted on the 19th of September 1860 and rejoined the regiment on the 31st of August 1861.

Tried by a District Court-martial on the 1st of September 1861, reduced to Private and marked with the letter "D".

He was also imprisoned 1st of September - 3rd of November 1861 and to forfeit his previous service of 5 years 249 days. This service was restored by War Office letter, dated the 6th of February 1867.

Re-engaged at Dublin for a further 9 years 232 days service.

From Private to Corporal: 7th of October 1864.

Transferred to the Army Service Corps, as a Corporal, on the 14th of February 1870.

Corporal to Sergeant: 2nd of July 1870.


By 1871, FD was married with two children. They were living in the home of a Margaret Hegarty, 58, Annuitant, and her two daughters, both in their twenties.

1871 Census

6, Beresford Terrace, Woolwich, Kent.

Frederick Dallanger [sp?], Head, 33, Married, Sergeant Army Service Corps, born Wood Green, Middlesex [!].

Adelaide, Wife, 22, b. Lyme Regis, Devon.

Adelaide B, 2, b. Ireland.

Frederick J, 8 Months, b. Woolwich, Kent.

Appointed 3rd Class Staff Sergeant, 8th of June 1872.

Appointed 2nd Class Staff Sergeant, 16th of December 1875.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, on the 27th of March 1877, as "Free to pension, on completion of 21 years service."

Served 20 years 364 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 10 months [sic]. India, 2 years 2 months. Gibraltar, 2 years 9 months.

Conduct: "very good". Would, if not promoted, now be in possession of two Good Conduct badges. Once tried by Court-martial.

Aged 40 years 2 months on discharge.

1881 Census

Horfield Barracks, Bristol, Gloucestershire.

Frederick Dallanger, 43, is shown as a "Barrack Serjeant", aged 43, born Wood Green, Middlesex [!].

Adelaide Dallanger, 32, b. Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Adelaide B Dallanger, 12, b. Ireland.

Frederick Jno [John], 10, b. Woolwich.

Bernard Barton [?] Dallanger, 8, b. Woolwich.

Marian Dalo [?] Dallanger, 5, b. Gibraltar.

Jonathan Abbot [?] Dallanger, 2, b. Woodbridge, Suffolk.

George Cambridge [?] Dallanger, under 8 months, b. Horfield, Gloucestershire.


Entrance to Horfield Barracks, Bristol. Click to enlarge.

Entrance to Horfield Barracks, Bristol. Built 1843-7, in reaction to the Bristol Riots, it could accommodate four infantry or two cavalry regiments.

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Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal. Mutiny medal with clasps for Lucknow and the Relief of Lucknow.

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasp, Turkish Medal and the Mutiny medal with two clasps.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

On discharge in 1877, he said he intended to live at 1, Reform Place, Stratford, Essex. But he was still in the army in 1881 (see above).

1891 Census

4, Gilbert Road, St George, Bristol East, Gloucester.

Frederic Dallinger, Head, 50, General Shopkeeper, born Wood Green, Middlesex [!?].

Adelaide Dallinger, Wife, 40, b. Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Bernard Dallinger, Son, 18, Machine Fitter, b. Woolwich, Kent.

Marion Dallinger, Daughter, 15, Book Binder, b. Gibraltar.

Jonathan Dallinger, Son, 13, Office Boy, b. Woodbridge, Suffolk.

James Dallinger, Son, 10, Scholar, b. Horfield, Glos.

Ethel Dallinger, Daughter, 9, Scholar, b. St Paul's, Bristol.

Joseph Dallinger, Son, 5, b. Scholar, St Paul's, Bristol.

1901 Census

Next [West?] Point, Shirenewton, Chepstow, Monmouthshire.

Frederick Dallinger, 63, Cottage Farmer, Own Account, born Wood Green, Middlesex [!?].

Adelaide, 53, b. Lyme Regis, Devon.

Joseph, 15, Farmer's Son, Worker, b. Bristol, Gloucs.

Horatio 11, b. Bristol, Gloucs.

Adelaide Fossier [Tissier?], Grand-daughter, 8, b. [?], Quebec, Canada.

1911 Census

Morcombelake, Nr. Charmouth, Dorset.

Frederick John Dallenger, 73, born Woodbridge, Suffolk.

Adelaide Dallenger, 62, Lyme Regis.

They had been married for 43 years and had 10 children born alive.

A granddaughter and a boarder are also shown.

Deaths registered

Frederick J. Dallenger, 78, March Quarter 1915, in Bridport.

Adelaide B. Dallenger, 71, September Quarter 1919, in Beaminster.

Death & burial

Deaths registered

Frederick J. Dallenger, 78, March Quarter 1915, in Bridport.

Adelaide B. Dallenger, 71, September Quarter 1919, in Beaminster.

References & acknowledgements

Registrations of deaths, and Census information for 1891-1911, kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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