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SMITH – James 4th Light Dragoons

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4th Light Dragoons
Scinde Medal
NameSMITH – James
Regiment (s)4th Light Dragoons
Regiment Number (s) 393
Date/Age/Place/Trade or
Profession at Attestation
29th December 1826 / 20 years  / London Middlesex England
Description – Height
5 Ft 8¼ in
Fresh / Hazel / Brown / None
Overseas Service/DurationEast Indies – 14 years 9 months
Length of Service24 years 103 days
Rank/Date/Place of DischargePrivate / 15th April 1851 / Dublin Ireland
Campaign MedalsMedal for Afghanistan and Scinde – WO97
Intended Residence at
Bow London England
Pension Districts1851 South London
1852-1854 Western Australia
1855-1856 Tasmania
1856-1860 Victoria
1860 1st East London
Pension Paid1/0d per diem
Date of Departure and Place
England or Ireland
3rd May 1852 Plymouth, England
Ship and Date of Arrival
Western Australia
WILLIAM JARDINE 1st August 1852
Date/Place of Birthc1806 Musselborough Midlothian Scotland
Date/Place of BaptismNot yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
SiblingsNot yet known
1st Wife
Date of Birth or Baptism
Not yet known
Date/Place of MarriageNot yet known
Children by 1st WifeNot yet known
Father of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Mother of 1st wife
Date/Place of Birth
Not yet known
Land Grants Western
Occupation after
Night Warder convict Establishment employed without sanction of Staff officer 16th April 1853 resigned 12 November 1854
Newspaper ArticlesSwan River departure Amason (Amazon) sailed 13th November 1854 arrived Melbourne Victoria 6th December 1854
Reindeer departed Melbourne arrived Hobart December 1854
Departure from Western
1854 to Melbourne
Date/Place of Death/BurialNot yet known
Date/Place of Death/Burial
Not yet known
Will or ProbateNone known
Further InformationBritish Army Worldwide index
1841 James Smith 393 Private 4th Lt Dragoons Location Kirkee
1851 James Smith 393 Private 4th Lt Dragoons Location Dublin
Served in the campaign in Scinde and Afghanistan in 1839
Discharge due to chronic rheumatism and general debility
[His WO97 said he was sentenced to 300 lashes for striking a lance sergeant but it appears it was commuted to 20 days solitude]
James Smith departed on the same ships as William Saville and his family for Tasmania. After William’s death James returned to Melbourne where he was paid until 1860 when he returned to England.
In the 1861 Census RG 09/265/34/8 James is living at the home of another pensioner from the 4th Dragoons Peter Bryan and his family at 48 Phoenix Street Spitalfields, London, James aged 54 is unmarried