Posted By:Sheryll Marshall
Subject:13th Hussars/Light Dragoons and 136th Durham Overseas Battalion
Post Date:September 22, 2007 at 19:44:17
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The regiment were stationed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada between 1866 and 1869. He also served in the 136th Durham Overseas Battalion.

1856-1869 13th Light Dragoons

After the Crimean War the regiment stayed in Ireland, moving around from one cavalry barracks to another. In 1859 they went to Scotland and stayed at Edinburgh, Piershill and Hamilton. In 1861 they were ordered to Manchester and in 1862 they marched to Aldershot in Surrey. Around this time they were titled 13th Hussars instead of 13th Light Dragoons. They were stationed in Hounslow in 1864 and in 1865 they were divided in three and went to Ipswich in Suffolk, Northampton and Norwich. Then they seem to be all over the country; Birmingham, Newcastle and York.
In 1866 they were ordered to embark for Canada and sailed there on two ships, the Tarifa ( a screw steamer), the Europa (a paddle-wheel steamer) and the Damascus. They were sent to defend the country from a Fenian uprising. The regiment marched out of York on the 11th Sept 1866 and went to Liverpool. It was a bad voyage, lasting a week, with gales blowing most of the way. Most of the regiment went to Montreal but some went to Toronto and stayed at the New Fort and the buildings of the Crystal Palace. In the summer of 1867 there was a draft of 101 men sent over from England with one cornet and one sergeant. The first part of the regiment embarked for the return to England on 28th and 30th June 1869. They arrived in Liverpool on the 13th July.

Military information received by Charles Griffin.

I am researching my ancestor, James Henry Byrne. Originally the family was told he was from England. Then we found on his daughter's census (1880 NY) that her parents were both from Ireland. Now, we are wondering if he is originally from Scotland. He married Ellen (Eleanore) Craig (Cray?) 1849. They eloped to get married... some how they ended up in Manchester, England for some time and then Aldershot, England and eventually in Toronto, Canada by the end of his military career. We are looking for more information on his military career to fill in the gaps. Also, a family story we have says that he was once a guard for the Queen and that he met his wife Ellen at Buckingham Palace where she lived with her uncle, Bishop Meade, who raised her there. We have not found any proof of this yet. The story also tells us that he rode horses with Queen Victoria. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance...