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Looking for any info on Stephen Kennedy b.1819. He joined the band of the 88th Regiment The Connaught Rangers aged 13 and transferred aged 20 as a trumpeter to the 17th Lancers in 1839. He served in 17th Lancers for 21yrs, retiring as a lance-sergeant in 1860. He then took on a civil position at the Royal Small Arms Factory in Enfield, North London and also acted as Bugle-major with the 41st Middlesex Volunteer Rifles.
He married twice. 1st wife unknown. His 2nd wife was Mary Carley, daughter of Cornelius Carley. Stephen Kennedy married her at St. Mary Magdalene Church Woolwich in 1851. Both Cornelius Carley & Stephen's father - also called Stephen, were in the Royal Artillery (Woolwich Garrison).Stephen Kennedy Jnr died in 1879 in Enfield.
An old newspaper obituary describes much of the information above and also mentions how Stephen was one of the few survivors from the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. Children of Stephen & Mary include Sarah (1854)Mary Ann (1863) Josepheh Alexander (1866) and my Gt Grandmother, Catherine 1859. Catherine went on to marry Alfred Argent, a worker at the Royal Small Arms factory and have 15 children.Any info gratefully received.
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