Captain Johnson 1866

Thomas George Johnson joined 4th Light Dragoons as a private in 1837 and became a trumpeter two years later. He transferred into the 13th as a private in 1846, rising to Sergeant on 25th May 1853. He took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade and was promoted to RSM eleven days afterwards. Three years later he was given a commission with the rank of Cornet, rising to Lieutenant and Adjutant on 30th may 1860. By May 1866, he was a Captain and Musketry Instructor. He retired by sale of commission 10th November 1869.
His uniform is the early style of hussar tunic with badges of rank on the collar, a crown and pip denoting a captain at this time. The right hand medal is for the Crimea campaign with three clasps, Balaklava, Inkerman and Sevastopol. Next, the French Legion of Honour 5th Class, then the French Military War Medal and finally, the Turkish War Medal worn on two miniature medal ribbons.

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