Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Trumpeter Lanfried

The blurb reads
Private Martin Leonard Lanfried (1834.8.25 ~ 1902.12.8) of 60th Rifles of British Army, re-enacts the very same bugle which he did at the charge of the Light Brigade during Crimean War, on August 2nd, 1890, at Edison House, London. The photo of Lanfried in this video is the only surviving photo of him, taken around 1885.

Lanfried made this recording for supporting the Light Brigade Relief Fund which the St.James Gazette set up earlier in that year. Colonel Charles Gouraud, a Civil War hero and Edison's representative in London at that time, made three recordings on that day, but only this survived.

In this recording Lanfried states,
"I am trumpeter Lanfried. One of the surviving trumpeters, of the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. I am now going to sound a bugle, that was sounded at Waterloo, and sound the charge was sounded at Balaclava on the very same bugle, the 25th of October, 1854."

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