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1136, Private William ROSE - 13th Light Dragoons

Birth & early life

Born at Windsor, Berkshire.

He was baptised at Windsor on the 4th of December 1821, the son of William Rose, a Musician in the Life Guards from the Cavalry Barracks, and his wife Elizabeth.

William Rose [father]

His father, 100,William Rose, was born in Limerick, Ireland, and enlisted in the Life Guards at Milcombe [presumably Melcombe] Horsey, Dorset, on the 29th of January 1816, aged 23 years. He was 5' 11" in height, with a fair complexion, dark eyes and brown hair. His trade was that of a Labourer.

He was discharged from the Hyde Park Cavalry Barracks on the 8th of June 1840, having served 24 years 132 days. He was then aged 47 years 4 months.

The cause of his discharge:

"According to the Surgeon's report it appears that this is a case of Debility and Rheumatism contracted in and by the service and not attributable to neglect, design or intemperance, and the Board concurs in the opinion of the Surgeon... [H]is conduct has been that of a good and trustworthy soldier and that he wears three good conduct badges."


Enlisted into the 4th Light Dragoons at London on the 24th of April 1840. No Regimental No. was allocated.

Age: 18 years 5 months.

Height: 5' 11".

Trade: Shoe-maker.

Appearance: Fresh complexion. Hazel eyes. Brown hair.


Transferred to the 13th Light Dragoons on the 17th of May 1842. His Regimental number in the 4th Light Dragoons at this time was shown as 837.

Nine times entered in the Regimental Defaulters' book. Twice tried by Court-martial.

Tried and imprisoned from the 1st of February - 2nd of March 1844 and again from the 5th of September - 17th of October 1844.

Sent to Scutari on the 19th of November 1854 and rejoined the regiment on the 1st of January 1855.

Sent money from the Crimea to his wife (name not shown) living at 18, Terrace Royal, Sandhurst.

He was servant to General Lord Seaton from 1859.

Discharge & pension

Discharged from the West Cavalry Barracks, Aldershot, on the 18th of June 1864, "At own request, after 24 years service."

Served 24 years 23 days.

In Turkey and the Crimea: 2 years.

Aged 42 years 8 months on discharge.

Conduct: "very good."

In possession of five Good Conduct badges.

Next of kin (in 1864): Wife, Mrs. Rose, living in Blackboys Lane, Sevenoaks, Kent.

Medals & commemorations

Documents confirm the award of the Crimean medal with clasps for Alma, Inkerman, and Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal.

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

Life after service

Intended to live in Chelsea, London, after discharge but he was living in the East London Pension District from the 1st of November 1864.

1881 Census

63, Fetter Lane, in the parish of St, Andrews, Holborn, London.

The 1881 Census shows him as a Pensioner, aged 56, born at Windsor, Berkshire, with his wife, Mary A., 65, born at Sevenoaks, Kent, an unmarried son, 30, a Hairdresser, and a grandson, aged 5 years.

Death & burial

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