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1278, Private William DOYLE - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born c.1827.


Enlisted at Dublin on the 11th of July 1846.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Blacksmith.


Tried by a Regimental Court-martial on the 17th of July 1854 and given 50 lashes for "insubordination."


Doyle's flogging is mentioned in Albert Mitchell's Memoirs:

"One of our men was tried by District Court Martial for an act of insubordination in striking a Sejeant. He was sentenced to fifty lashes. We were ordered to parade early one morning to witness the sentence being carried into effect. This was the first time it had fallen my lot to see a fellow soldier flogged...a couple of Farriers were were already stripped for the work. They were each to give him twenty five lashes."

The account continues in graphic detail: pp.25-26.

Discharge & pension

Discharged, "by his own request", from Aldershot on the 15th of April 1866.

Served 16 years 23 days, to count.

Conduct and character: "Bad". Not in possession of any Good Conduct badges.

Discharge & pension


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

("Sebastopol" clasp sent on O/C.s certificate, date unreadable.)


Life after service

1881 Census

19, Alex Cottages, Kingston On Thames, Surrey.

The 1881 Census shows a man of this name, a Blacksmith born 1829 in Dublin living with his wife Ann, 45, born Wimbledon, and two stepdaughters, 11 and 9.

Death & burial

Death registration

A William Doyle is recorded as having died in the Greenwich district, aged 66, in the June quarter of 1895.

An Ann Doyle died aged 63 in the Kingston district, December quarter of 1895.

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