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1959, Private John WELCH - 4th Light Dragoons

There was originally no information about this man in the EJBA.

When he started researching the field, Jim Boys included only those men he knew from records had actually arrived in the Crimea and were entitled to the Crimea Medal. He later accepted that this was too restrictive, but was unable to add all the men who embarked for but did not reach the Crimea. Many, for example, died en route at Varna, Bulgaria, where epidemic diseases such as cholera were rife in the camps. Others arrived too late to qualify.

The current editors are intending to include these men, and will be adding information as soon as possible.

Further information: Lawrence Crider,In Search of the Light Brigade, 3rd edition, p. 122; Wendy Leahy,http://shadowsoftime.co.nz/4ths/dragoonwy/welch4.html.


BORN: Bilsten



ENLISTED: 02 03 1855

RANK: 1855: Private

1857: Private

DISEMBARKATIONS: 01 10 1855 [Crimea]

DISCHARGED TO OUT PENSION: 22 10 1857 Invalid Depot

ADMITTED TO OUT PENSION: 20 10 1857 Wolverhampton

PENSION DISTRICT: 1857: Wolverhampton

1858: North Stafford

TNA SOURCES: WO/12/660, WO/12/662, WO/23/52

[Source: Wendy Leahy,http://shadowsoftime.co.nz/4ths/dragoonwy/welch4.html (accessed 21.3.2014). The editors are grateful to her for allowing us to reproduce the information she has collected.]

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