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1708, Private James JOHNSON — 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in Belfast, Co Antrim, c.1835.


Enlisted at Liverpool on the 9th of December 1854.

Age: 19.

Height: 5' 8".

Trade: Man-servant.

Features: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Joined the regiment in the Crimea on the 13th of August 1855.

Is shown as being at the Cavalry Depot at Scutari from the 24th of October "On 'Duty", from a nominal roll of the 9th of November 1855. From this he did not serve in Eupatoria with the regiment.

Transferred to the 3rd Dragoon Guards on the 1st of January 1857. Regtl. No. 66.

From Private to Corporal, 1st of August 1868.

Corporal to Sergeant, 2nd of June 1873.

H was re-engaged for 12 years' further service on the 2nd of May 1867.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Colchester on the 24th of December 1877 as:

"Unfit for further service from a leg ulcer. States that the disability was the result of a kick from a horse whilst on duty in the Riding School at Colchester in September of 1875. He has been under hospital treatment since September of 1876. This will probably greatly interfere with his ability towards earning a living. Power of leg greatly impaired — likely to be permanent."

Served 23 years 26 days. In Turkey and the Crimea, 10 months. In India, 9 years.

Conduct: "very good". In possession of four Good Conduct badges when promoted, and would now have had five.

Never entered in the Regimental Defaulters' book. Never tried by Court-martial.


Entitled to the Crimean medal with clasp for Sebastopol and the Turkish medal.

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean and Turkish medals.

Not recorded by Lummis and Wynn.


Life after service

To live in Birmingham after discharge.

Death & burial

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