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906, Private Abraham GIBBONS - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Hurley, near Manchester, c.1817.


Enlisted at Queen's Square, London, on the 3rd of November 1837.

Age: 20.

Height: 5' 9".

Trade: Servant.

Fair complexion. Hazel eyes. Sandy hair.


Sent to Scutari on the 26th of October 1854, to Malta on the 16th of December 1854 and invalided to England on the 23rd of February 1855.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Manchester on the 18th of November 1861, "At his own request, after 24 years service."

Conduct: "good".

In possession of three Good Conduct badges.

Aged 44 years on discharge.

Awarded a pension of 11d. per day.


Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma and Sebastopol, the Turkish Medal and the Long Service & Good Conduct medal.

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

He was presented with his Crimean medal by Queen Victoria at a ceremony on Horse Guards Parade on the 18th of May 1855. His name appears on the Nominal Return of those present now in the PRO, also on a similar roll which appeared in the United Services Magazine for June of 1855 and on that which appeared in the Illustrated London News of the 26th of May 1855.

Awarded the Long Service & Good Conduct on the 14 April 1859 with a gratuity of 5.

Three medals were sent to a Mr. Pennington on the 7th of May 1862. No reason was shown for this, but the Pension Book states, 3 medals sent to next of kin - Brother, and also his "arrears of pension".

(Mr. Pennington was the responsible official at the War Office.)


Life after service

Death & burial

Died in the No 1 London Pension District on the 7th of April 1862.

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