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1131, Private William ROCHE - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born in the parish of St. Domenick's, Cork, c.1823.


Enlisted into the 4th Light Dragoons on the 8th of January 1841.

No Regimental No. was allocated, as he did not join the regiment.

Age: 18 years 1 month.

Height: 5' 6".

Trade: Carpenter.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Grey eyes. Brown hair.


Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 17th of May 1842.

Tried and imprisoned: 7th-14th of October 1844, and 9th of August - 9th of October 1850.

Sent to Scutari on the 13th of December 1854 and rejoined the regiment on the 14th of June 1855.

From Private to Corporal: 1st of July 1858.

Tried by a Regimental Court-martial and reduced to Private for "drunkenness" on the 12th of August 1859.

Twenty-three times entered in the Regimental Defaulters' book. Four times tried by Court-martial.

Tried and imprisoned: 3rd-14th of September 1861.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from Norwich on the 16th of September 1865, as "Free, at own request after 24 years service."

Served 24 years 7 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 2 years.

Conduct: "good". In possession of three Good Conduct badges.

Aged 43 years 4 months on discharge.

To live at 8, Derby Road, Kingston Road, Manchester.

Medals & commemorations

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

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

Life after service

Admitted as an In-Pensioner to Chelsea Royal Hospital on the 1st of December 1867.

Reverted to Out-Pension on the 14th of January 1869, after being "dismissed for drunkenness."

He had first applied to enter the Royal Hospital Chelsea as an In-Pensioner on the 26th of September 1865. He was aged 44 years, of a "good" character, a "single man," and living at 9, Wallington Street, Camden Town, London.

Death & burial

Died in the East London Pension District on the 24th of April 1875.

His death certificate shows that he died at No 104 Mare Street, South Hackney on the 24th of April 1875, a "Pensioner", aged 53 years, from "Phthisis [Illegible]" An "M. A. Church", sister, of the same address, was present as his death. (There is a copy of the death certificate in the 13th Light Dragoons "Certificates" file.)

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