Punjab 1849, Clasps: Goojerat, Chillanwala ‘ Samuel Cheetham. 14th Light Dragoons’.
Samuel Cheetham, an 18 year old Shoemaker from St Mary, Nottingham, enlisted into the 14th Light Dragoons on 7th June 1845 (Regt No 728).
He took part in the Punjab War of 1848 – 1849, during which he was severely wounded at the cavalry action at Ramnuggur. Here are the Regiments loses: 1 Officer, 14 OR’s and 37 horses killed. 5 officers, 22 OR’s and 15 horses wounded.
Cheetham was promoted Corporal, 6th August 1850 but was reduced to Private the following year, remaining at this rank when he took part in the suppression of the Indian Mutiny and was promoted to Corporal again on 25th July 1861.
He transferred to the 21st Regiment of Hussars on 1st May 1863 and to the 17th Lancers as a Sergeant, on 1st March 1864. Cheetham, who had served in the East Indies for just over 14 years, was discharged at his own request after 24 years service on 24th July 1869.
His service records state that his “conduct has been very good” and that he was “Severely wounded (shot through the mouth) at the Battle of Ramnuggur”. It also confirms he had additionally been awarded the Indian Mutiny and Long Service and Good Conduct Medals.
On discharge under ‘Intended Place of Residence’, Cheetham had given; ‘Milbank Prison London’, so it is presumed he had taken a job as a prison warder after his discharge.