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1488, Private Thomas DICKENSON - 13th Light Dragoons

Also recorded as "Dickeson" and "Dickson".

Birth & early life

Born in Stoke Newington, London, c.1834. [CHECK - perhaps Newington, Surrey?]

Enlistment

Enlisted at London on the 16th of September 1852.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Servant.

Service

Laurence Crider, In Search... [1st ed - so check later ed]:



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Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired", from Hounslow on the 15th of September 1864.

Conduct: "good."

Medals

In possession of two Good Conduct badges.

Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, and Sebastopol.

A supplementary roll (undated) signed by Major Henry Holden shows him as being issued with the Crimean medal (with clasps for Alma, Balaclava and Inkerman) on the 7th of October 1855.

Commemorations

Life after service

Death & burial

Further information

PB, August 2020: After an enquiry by a potential descendant who believes his ancestor may be buried in St Arnaud, Victoria, Australia, I started to explore genealogical links but there are innumerable possibilities, and of course the variations in spelling of his surname don't help.

A number of Ancestry Family Trees (e.g. Dickeson Family Tree 2) make connections between the TD born Newington, Surrey (or nearby), the cavalryman TD, and the TD who died in Australia. In some, a photograph of a 4-bar Crimea medal is displayed as an icon. Others have nothing about military service, and appear to show different genealogies.

e.g., https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/3437246/person/-1521750608/facts

However, the military information they assert is clearly derived from the EJBA, without (so far as I can see) either citing the EJBA or providing any further supporting evidence.

1841: Thomas Dickenson, aged 7 [est. birthdate 1834] , and family [mother Jemima Squires], Camberwell, Surrey

https://www.ancestry.co.uk/imageviewer/collections/8978/images/SRYHO107_1051_1053-0188?pId=10103156

1851: Thomas Dickenson, aged 8 [sic] [i.e. est. birthdate 1843] , scholar - clearly this needs some explanation (admin. error? different Thomas? death of first "Thomas" and a new child given the same name? etc)

Arrived on the St Osyth, age 42, travelled alone [no source cited].

Death 9 August 1894, St Arnaud,Victoria, Australia [no source cited].

In short, needs a lot more research.

Would be good to check for newspaper articles in St Arnaud, esp. Obituaries? Try Trove.


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