Lockhart was born on 14 November 1821 at Shabden Park, Reigate and enlisted in the 40th Regiment of Foot on 7 August 1840. In December the same year he became a cornet in the more prestigious 1st King's Dragoon Guards before his Grand National victory in 1848 ensured for him the funds necessary to purchase his rank as Captain.
-  Lockhart Little's service history
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