Tuesday 8 June 2010

Unarmed into the Valley Of Death

I've been getting to grips with the Crimea and how it affected my area locally - there's a 2-part article 'The Crimean War and the Somerset coalfield' in my local museum newsletter by Keith Trivett which has some interesting titbits from the local papers like Russian prisoners coming through Bath on a train and the fate of local men in the Charge of the Light Brigade. One stands out;
'Sergeant William Williams, a Bristol man, was placed under arrest after his colonel saw him lighting his pipe. He was relieved of all his weapons and, nonetheless, ordered to ride that day into the valley with his regiment, the Eighth Hussars. His death was not only tragic but perhaps almost inevitable. Samuel, his brother, survived the charge and lived for a further 25 years.'
Image 'cookhouse of the 8th Hussars' by Fenton.

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