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1269, Private Patrick ENNIS — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Maynooth, Co. Kildare.


Enlisted at Dublin on the 8th of July 1846.

Age: 18.

Height: 5' 7".

Trade: Farrier.

Features: Fair complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


He is shown on a nominal roll of men of the regiment at the Cavalry Depot, Scutari, made out on the 9th of November 1855, as being In Hospital there from the 4th of November, sent to England aboard the SS "Great Britain" on the 11th of December 1855 and on the Depot Roll from the 19th of March 1856.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Dublin on the 25th of October 1858 as:

"Disabled by contraction, wasting and loss of power of the left hand, which was caused by an injury received at Balaclava in January of 1855; his horse falling with him when on despatch duty.

Extract of evidence given at a Medical Board which sat at Island Street Barracks on the 23rd of October 1858 (President, Captain D.G. Chamberlayne):

"I was on despatch duty at Balaclava between the General Hospital and Picquet House, when my horse slipped and fell with me, my hand and wrist coming into contact with a piece of glass on the road. The Corporal of the Picquet, Corporal McElroy and Private (now Sergeant 1401) Mitchell assisted me to the hospital. In consequence of this accident, which rendered my hand nearly useless and having received treatment for it at Scutari Hospital, I was invalided home in December of 1855.

(The muster roll shows him as having been invalided from Scutari to England on the 11th of December of 1855, but no trace of his ever having been at Scutari can be found on the Scutari Hospital muster roll for the period.) He is. however, shown as being at the Regimental Depot from the 19th of March 1855.

Served 12 years 57 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 1 year 9 months.

Conduct: "good". In possession of one Good Conduct badge.

Once tried by Court-martial.

Tried by a District Court-martial on the 25th of March 1850 for "having been found asleep on his post when standing guard over the Infirmary stables at Dundalk on the night of the 21st of March 1850." Was found "Guilty," and imprisoned for 50 days, with hard labour.

Aged 30 years 3 months on discharge.

Was awarded a pension of 6d. per day.

Next of kin: (in 1855) Wife, Elizabeth Ennis. Living at No. 3 Windsor Street, Birmingham.


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

A note on the medal roll by his name shows "S" clasp. 19/3/57.

Further detailed medal information archived.


Life after service

To live in Dublin after discharge.

Death registered

Elizabeth Ennis, September Quarter 1857, Aston.

The 1881 Census shows a man of this name as living at No 3 Trinity Cottage, Sandy Pit Lane, Aldershot, Hampshire, a Chelsea Pensioner (Domestic Servant) aged 56, born in Ireland, with his wife, Seare [sic], a Laundress, aged 54, and born in Guildford, Surrey.

Pension letters to the 6th of June 1890.

1891 Census

Broadmoor Asylum.

Patrick Ennis, 66, widower, Pensioner and Hawker, Patient, born Maynooth, Kildare.

Death & burial

Death registered

Patrick Ennis, 75, March Quarter 1900, Kings Norton.

References & acknowledgements

Registration of deaths, and Census information for 1891 kindly provided by Chris Poole.

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