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1129, Private John EASTICK — 13th Light Dragoon

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Mary's, Harlestone, Norfolk.


Enlisted into the 4th Light Dragoons at Westminster on the 19th of February 1840. No Regimental number was allocated as he did not leave the Depot. (Lummis and Wynn confuse this regiment with the 4th Dragoon Guards.)

Age: 18 years 2 months.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Shoe-maker.

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


Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 17th of May 1843.

From Private to Corporal, 1st of September 1855.

Resigned to Private, "at his own request", on the 21st of September 1845.

Invalided to England on the 15th of April 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Cahir on the 17th of October 1856, as:

"Unfit for further service. Suffers from chronic rheumatism and was invalided home from the Crimea on account of this on the 15th of April 1855."

Served 15 years 231 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 1 year.

He was awarded a pension of 9d. per day, and living in the West London Pension District up to 1881.


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

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

He was refused In-Pension status at Chelsea Royal Hospital on the 22nd of September 1857.

1861 Census

24, Little Guildford Street, Finsbury.

John Eastick, 38, unmarried, Shoemaker, lodger, born Pulham St Mary, Norfolk.

Admitted to In-Pension at Chelsea Royal Hospital on the 1st of July 1881.

Replaced on Out-pension following an enquiry "as to his eligibility" by the Audit Department on the 1st of March 1885, but was re-admitted on the 1st of September 1891.

No trace on 1881 Census .

At the time of his last entry into the Royal Hospital as an In-Pensioner, on the 1st of September 1891, he was aged 69 years and "unable to do anything to supplement his pension." Subject to refund over-drawn pension of 19/8d. before admission. He had previously lived at No 18 Westbourne Street, Pimlico, London.

At the time of his entry on the 1st of July 1881, it was stated that he "had no wife or children", and his character was "good". He had originally tried to enter the Hospital on the 22nd of September 1857 at the age of 35. He was then said to be "suffering from chronic rheumatism, consequent upon repeated attacks of venereal." The reply was, "Not allowed." At this time he was said to be "a single man" formerly living at No. 39 Kenton Street, Brunswick Square, London.

Death & burial

Died at Chelsea on the 29th of November 1892.

Death registered

John Eastick, 69, December Quarter 1892, in Chelsea.

He was buried in the Chelsea Hospital Plot in Brompton Cemetery, London. No headstone was erected.

References & acknowledgements

Census information for 1861 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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