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Turkish Crimea 5th Dragoon Guards


Turkish Crimea Medal 1854-55, Sardinian Issue, Depot Impressed Naming, No 1771 Corporal George Ellison, 5th Dragoon Guards, ex 17th Lancers

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Turkish Crimea Medal 1854-55, Sardinian Issue, No 1771 Corporal George Ellison, 5th Dragoon Guards 


Naming impressed in usual Depot / Regimental Style: “No 1771 Corp. G. Ellison. 5th Dragoon Guards.”


With handmade double ring suspension and frayed old original silk ribbon.


With copy service papers.


George Ellison, first signed on with the Army, joining the 17th Lancers on 27th October 1854 (2 Days after the Charge at Balaklava), at the time he was 19 years 4 months old.


He was born in St Cuthberts, York, Yorkshire circa 1835.


Worked as an Engraver prior to enlistment.


He was imprisoned for a month from 11th September 1855 until 11th October 1855.


On 25th October 1855 he transferred over to the 5th Dragoon Guards.

He was promoted to Corporal from 1st march 1858 until 26th September 1859.


But was tried and reduced for some reason on 27th September 1859.


He would after that point finish out his service with the 5th Dragoon Guards with the rank of Private, on 19th November 1866.


At that time he had completed his 12 years terms of engagement.


Following his time in the Army, he returned back home to Yorkshire, where he lived by 1871 in St Michael Le Belfrey, York with his sister Jane (Born 1826).


George returned to work as an Engraver and Printer.


By 1881 he worked as a Stationers and Provision Dealer, the same as his sister.


By 1891 still living with his sister they both worked as Lodging House Keepers, in De Grey Street, St Giles, York.


By 1901, at the age of 67, he was then found in the York Union Workhouse on Huntington Road, Yorkshire, where he was listed as an Inmate “General Labourer” (his sister having died during 1893).


He died that year during mid 1901.