AT:Belper or Turnditch or Twinditch Belper Derbyshire
ENLISTED:27 11 1838 at London aged 21 years 7 months
ENLISTED BY:Sergeant Thomas Wm. Bastin, 4th Light Dragoons
BOUNTY:£2 12s
ATTESTED:06 12 1838
Or 29 11 1838 at Queen Square.
Witnessed by Thomas Wm Bastin, Sergeant 4LD
Before David William [Grey__il], Magistrate.
Signed by Robert Allcock with a cross.
HEIGHT AT DISCHARGE:5' 7" or 5' 6 and 3/4"
DESCRIPTION AT DISCHARGE:Dark brown hair, Hazel eyes, Fresh complexion
RANK:1838: Private
1839: Private, Depot
1841: Private
1847: Private
3Q 1848: Private, Piltown, Waterford Gaol, Piltown
1850: Private
1852: Private
COURT MARTIALS:[1] In Military Confinement 23 06 1847. Garrison Court Martial Dublin, tried 28 06 1847 for neglecting to clean his horse. Sentenced to 84 days hard labour
[2] Court Martial Athlone, tried 24 04 1850 for theft. Verdict: Acquitted
[3] General Court Martial at Dublin on 03 08 1850.
First: For having, at Dublin, on or about the 22nd day of July 1850 disobeyed the lawful command of Major Halkett, 4LD, his Commanding Officer in having continued talking when at Field Drill, although repeatedly ordered not to do so.
Second: For having at Dublin on or about the 22nd day of July 1850 when a Prisoner, and proceeding to Island Bridge Barracks, disobeyed the lawful command of Corporal George Balme, 4LD, by lying down on the ground and saying, `He would go no further until he had had rest,' and made use of highly insolent and threatening language in saying, `He did not care a ___ for the Major or Corporal, that he would do no Drill for either of them. That he would do for them this time and that he would shoot one of them,' or words to that effect.
Third: For having at Dublin on or about the 22nd day of July 1850 been drunk.
The Prisoner pleaded Guilty to the Third Charge only.
Opinion: The Court having maturely weighed and considered the evidence in support of the Prosecution together with what the Prisoner has urged in his defence, are of opinion, with regard to the First Charge that the Prisoner, No. 982 Private Robert Allcock of the 4LD is Guilty. That with regard to the Second Charge, he, the Prisoner, is Guilty. And that with regard to the Third Charge, he, the Prisoner, is also Guilty.
Sentence: The Court Martial adjudges the Prisoner No. 982 Private Robert Allcock of the 4LD, to undergo imprisonment with Hard Labour for a period of 18 Lunar months.
The Judge Advocate General humbly submitted to Her Majesty to approve and confirm the finding and sentence of the Court.
...Confirmed by the Queen on 23 08 1850.
[4] Court Martial Ipswich, tried 20 07 1852 for Mutilation. Verdict: Accident
NOTES:In Barrack Cells 06 04 1847 to 12 04 1847.
EMBARKATIONS:31 08 1839 Lady East England
10 11 1841 Mary Bombay India
DISEMBARKATIONS:02 02 1840 Lady East Bombay India
12 03 1842 Mary Gravesend
DISCHARGED TO OUT PENSION:23 11 1852 Chatham aged 38 years 4 months [from Final Description, WO/97]
Or 25 11 1852 Invalid Depot aged 35 years.
Examined 23 11 1852
REGIMENTAL BOARD: Ipswich, 06 08 1852
Proceedings of a Regimental Board, held this day, in conformity to the Articles of War, for the purpose of verifying and recording the Services, Conduct, Character, and cause of Discharge of No. 982 Private Robert Allcock of the Regiment above-mentioned [4LD].
President: Captain R Portal, 4th Light Dragoons
Members: Captain C.B. Molyneux, 4th Light Dragoons and Lieut. J.B. Marshall, 4th Light Dragoons
The Board having examined and compared the Regimental Records, the Soldier's Book, and such other Documents as appeared to them to be necessary, report that No. 982 Private Robt Allcock by Trade a Groom was born in the Parish of Twinditch in or near the Town of Belper in the County of Derbyshire and was attested for the 4th Queens Own Regiment of Light Dragoons at London in the County of Middlesex on the 29th November 1838 at the Age of 21 7/12 Years that after making every Deduction required by Her Majesty's Regulations, the Service up to this day, which he is entitled to reckon, amounts to 11 years, 150 days, as shewn by the detailed Statement on the 2nd page; during which period, he served Abroad 2 1/12 years. viz.-
in East Indies 2 1/12 years
And further, that his Discharge is proposed in consequence of Medical disability per authority dated Horse Guards 22nd July 1852.
Nb: Hampton Court Surrey
Robert Allcock, Private being asked to what date he has been paid, answered that his Account is balanced up to the latest period required by the Regulations; and being further asked whether he has any claim on the Regiment for Arrears of Pay, Allowances, or Clothing, answered,that he has received all just demands, from his entry into the Service up to the 6 August 1852 and in confirmation therefore, affixes his signature hereto.
[Signed with a cross]
Witnessed by J.B. Marshall, Lieutenant, 4th Light Dragoons Commanding the Troop to which he belongs.
The Board have ascertained that Robert Allcock, Private Soldier's Book is correctly balanced, and signed by the Officer Commanding his Troop, and they declare, that they have impartially enquired into, and faithfully reported upon all the matters brought before them, in accordance with the Regulations and Instructions issued by Her Majesty's Orders.
Signed by R. Portal, Captain, 4th Light Dragoons, President;
C.B. Molyneux, Captain, 4th Light Dragoons and J.B. Marshall, Lieutenant, 4th Light Dragoons, Members
MEDICAL REASON: Private Robert Allcock, 4th Light Dragoons is Unfit for further Service in consequence of contraction of the Right Elbow joint, wh. was the result of a dislocation, caused by a fall from his horse when on duty at Hampton Court in the month of April last, since which time he has been almost constantly in hospital, there is great loss of power in the limb, [bears] marks of treatment and is quite Unable to do the Sword Exercises or carry a carbine, nor is there any probability of his ever again being effective.
Signed [Thos. Hunter], Surgeon, 4th Light Dragoons
Opinion of the Principal Medical Officer, at Chatham, 4 November 1852
After examination and 45 days in this Hospital, I am of opinion that Robert Allcock is, in consequence of injury to the right elbow joint, and inability to extend it, unfit for further service and likely to be permanently disqualified for Military duty.
[Afr__m_ng D.J.G.]
Horse Guards 28 November 1852
The discharge of the Man above mentioned is approved by the General Commander-in-Chief [_________lly]
STATEMENT OF SERVICE: 4LD: Private from 29 11 1838 to 09 01 1843, total 4 years, 42 days.
Tried by Regimental Court Martial 11 01 1843 and Sentenced to 20 days Solitary Confinement, Nil
Imprisoned 10 01 1843 - 31 01 1843, Nil
Released 01 02 1843 - 30 06 1843, 150 days
Tried and Convicted by Regimental Court Martial 10 07 1843 and Sentenced to 30 days Imprisonment Hard Labor and Loss of 1d a day for 6 months, Nil
Imprisoned 01 07 1843 - 11 07 1843, Nil
The remainder of the punishment remitted in consequence of the sudden march of the Troop to South Wales
Released 12 07 1843 to 25 12 1843, 167 days
Tried and convicted by Regimental Court Martial 02 01 1844 and Sentenced to 30 days Imprisonment Hard Labor and Loss of 1d a day for 6 months, Nil
10 days Imprisonment and loss of Pay remitted by Lt. Col. Daly, Nil
Imprisoned 26 12 1843 - 21 01 1844, Nil
Released 22 01 1844 to 20 05 1844, 120 days
Tried by a Regimental Court Martial on 23 05 1844 and Sentenced to 20 days Solitary Imprisonment, Nil
Imprisoned 21 05 1844 to 10 06 1844, Nil
Released 11 06 1844 to 30 06 1844, 20 days
Tried and convicted by Regimental Court Martial 08 07 1844 and Sentenced to 20 days Solitary Confinement, Nil
Imprisoned 01 07 1844 - 26 07 1844, Nil
Released 27 07 1844 to 30 07 1844, 4 days
Tried and Convicted by Regimental Court Martial 05 08 1844 and Sentenced to 20 days Solitary Confinement, Nil
Imprisoned 31 07 1844 to 19 08 1844, Nil
Released 20 08 1844 to 25 01 1844, 1 year, 159 days
Tried and Convicted by a District Court Martial on 12 02 1846 and Sentenced to 3 Lunar months Imprisonment Hard Labor, Nil
Imprisoned 26 01 1846 to 05 05 1846, Nil
Released 06 05 1846 to 22 06 1847, 1 year 48 days
Tried and Sentenced by a Garrison Court Martial on the 28 06 1847 to 3 months Imprisonment Hard Labor, Nil
Imprisoned 23 06 1847 to 18 09 1847, Nil
Released 19 09 1847 to 01 08 1848, 318 days
Tried and Sentenced by a Regimental Court Martial on the 12 08 1848 and Sentenced to 40 days Imprisonment Hard Labor, Nil
Imprisoned 02 08 1848 to 20 09 1848, Nil
Released 21 09 1848 to 15 06 1849, 269 days
Tried and Sentenced by a Regimental Court Martial on the 30 06 1849 and Sentenced to 42 days Imprisonment Hard Labor, Nil
Imprisoned 16 06 1849 to 09 08 1849, Nil
Released 10 08 1849 to 21 07 1850, 346 days
Tried and convicted by a General Court Martial on the 03 08 1850 and Sentenced to 18 Lunar months Imprisonment with Hard Labor, Nil
Imprisoned 22 07 1850 to 18 12 1851, Nil
Released 19 12 1851 to 06 08 1852, 232 days
Total of the foregoing Statement, 11 years 150 days
Further Service from 07 08 1852 to 23 11 1852 when finally discharged, total 129 days
Total Service: 11 years 279 days
The foregoing Report is hereby confirmed by me, Geo. Paget, Lt. Colonel, Commanding 4th Regt. of Lt. Dragoons.
PRÉCIS OF SERVICE ON DISCHARGE:Disallowed 2 years 3 months
Private 14 years
Total service 11 years 9 months 6 days
East Indies 2 years 1 month
CHARACTER:With regard to the Character and Conduct of Private Robert Allcock the Board have to report, that upon reference to the Defaulter's Book, and by the Parole testimony that has been given, it appears that of a bad soldier.
POST DISCHARGE OCCUPATION[S]:Intended place of residence on discharge: Twinditch, Belper, Derbyshire.
WO/116/60 WO/97/12/103

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