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1217, Private John EVANS — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. John's, Hampstead, London, c.1823.


Enlisted at Hounslow on the 18th of December 1843.

Age: 20 years 1 month.

Height: 5' 11".

Trade: Groom.

Features: Fresh complexion. Blue eyes. Brown hair.

Lummis and Wynn state that he transferred from the 1st Dragoon Guards, Regimental No. 5277, but in fact this was the number of 1935 Charles E. Evans, who had transferred from the Scots Fusilier Guards.


Tried and imprisoned by a Regimental Court-martial 7th of April — 5th of May 1844 and 18th of November — 19th of December 1852.

Sent to Scutari on the 26th of October 1854 and the Hospital muster roll shows him as being there at the October-November musters but his name is then crossed through and no further indication of when or where he went.

Served at Eupatoria.

From Private to Corporal 28th of March 1858.

Confined 2nd-5th of February 1861, and reduced to Private, but was re-entered as a Corporal from the 2nd of February 1861.

Corporal to Sergeant, 5th of December 1862.

Transferred to the 20th Hussars on the 1st of May 1863. Regimental No. 597.

Reduced to Private by a Regimental Court-martial on the 11th of October 1864, after he had been confined 8th-10th of October.

From Private to Corporal, 1st of July 1866.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Canterbury on the 26th of May 1868, at his "Own request, after 24 years service."

In Turkey and the Crimea, 2 years.

Conduct and character: "good,"


In possession of two Good Conduct badges. Nine times entered in the Regimental Defaulter's book. Four times tried by Court-martial.

To live c/o T.S.M. Sutcliffe, 20th Hussars, at the Canterbury Depot.

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with four clasps and the Turkish Medal

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

"Fresh medal" granted on the 16th of August 1856.


Life after service

Death & burial

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