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1566, Private John DOUGLAS - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Greenock, Renfrewshire, c.1836.


Enlisted at Belfast on the 15th of August 1854.

Age: 17 years 10 months.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Shoe-maker.

Features: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 21st of May 1855.

Transferred to the 2nd Battalion of the Military Train at Cahir on the 31st of October 1856. Regimental No. 983.

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

Transferred to the 3rd Hussars at Manchester on the 31st of May 1862. Regimental No. 630.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "time expired", from Manchester on the 18th of May 1867.

Conduct: "good." Was in hospital for seven days in March of 1867, "suffering from a local kick in the face from another man."

Re-enlisted into the 8th Hussars at London on the 1st of November 1867. Regimental No. 630.

Former service in the 13th Hussars, Military Train and the 3rd Light Dragoons allowed to reckon towards pension - vide War Office Authority, dated the 14th of January 1868.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Aldershot on the 30th of April 1877 as "Having claimed his discharge after termination of second period of engagement."

Served 21 years 122 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 10 months. In India, 2 years 4 months.

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

Twenty-two times entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book. Four times tried by Court-martial.

Tried and imprisoned from the 24th of December 1863 to 8th of June 1864, 23rd of June 1864 to 6th of August 1864, 18th of November 1868 to 1st of December 1868, and 5th of April 1869 to 2nd of May 1869.

Aged 40 years on discharge.

To live, c/o. "The Post Office," Glasgow.


Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol.

Mutiny medal with clasps for Lucknow and the Relief of Lucknow.


Life after service

Death & burial

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