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A tribute to Private Thomas Turnham by Oasis Academy Johanna

Date added: 2 May 2015

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Oasis Academy Johanna

Schools Waterloo 200
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The 13th Light Dragoons were originally raised in 1715 and were known as Munden's Dragoons after the officer who raised them.

They fought in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715 and again in 1745.  They also fought in the Maroon War of 1796-98.  Thomas Turnham enlisted on 18th May 1798.  He may have known about this campaign but is unlikely to have taken part.

Following these, the regiment became known as the 13th Light Dragoons, and took part in campaigns in Portugal, Spain and France, from 1810 to 1814.  Private Thomas Turnham received campaign medals for his role during the Peninsular War, in the battles of Albuera (1811), Vittoria (1813), and Orthes and Toulouse (1814). 

The 13th Light Dragoons were involved in the pivotal Battle of Waterloo, for which Private Thomas Turnham received his final campaign medal.

Private Thomas Turnham was discharged from the 13th Light Dragoons in July 1820.

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A tribute to Private Thomas Turnham by Oasis Academy Johanna

Date added: 2 May 2015

435

Oasis Academy Johanna

Schools Waterloo 200
https://www.theonlinebookcompany.com/OnlineBooks/SchoolsWaterloo/Celebrations/FindTribute/WaterlooSoldiers/oasisacademyjohanna1
Dear Family and Friends, As a way remembering those that fought at Waterloo in June 1815 including $personFirstName$, our school has created a page within the $bookTitle$. Please contribute by adding your thoughts, messages, photographs or even videos about this soldier. Add your insight or expertise to help build and lock-in our knowledge about this person, simply go to: $findPersonLink$. and make your contribution too. Thank you,

Private Thomas Turnham was discharged from the 13th Light Dragoons on the 5th July 1820, aged 41, and received a pension of 1 shilling a week until he died on 30th June 1851. He had served in the 13th Light Dragoons for 22 years. Thomas Turnham's discharge papers show that he became a servant after he left the army.  

We have not been able to find out definitely whether Thomas Turnham ever married or had children.  However, the census of 1851, shows a Thomas Turnham, a pensioner aged 74, living in Charles St, Westminster with his wife Eliza.  This could be our Thomas Turnham - maybe one day we will know for sure!

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