October 25th ~ Blaklava

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  1. Happy Balaclava Day to all descendants of the Light Brigade! Being born on this day the son of an Irish Hussar I felt it was only right to start the day with a mug of "Gunfire". Everything very mellow now!
  2. A happy 156th anniversary today. Raise a glass to the noble 600.

  3. Yes but whilst their noble charge was remembered in poem, it was afterwards as usual they were forgotten by Joe Public.

    The Last of the Light Brigade

    ~Rudyard Kipling
    There were thirty million English who talked of England's might,
    There were twenty broken troopers who lacked a bed for the night.
    They had neither food nor money, they had neither service nor trade;
    They were only shiftless soldiers, the last of the Light Brigade.
    They felt that life was fleeting; they knew not that art was long,
    That though they were dying of famine, they lived in deathless song.

    They asked for a little money to keep the wolf from the door;
    And the thirty million English sent twenty pounds and four!
    They laid their heads together that were scarred and lined and grey;
    Keen were the Russian sabres, but want was keener than they;
    And an old Troop-Sergeant muttered, "Let us go to the man who writes
    The things on Balaclava the kiddies at school recites."

    They went without bands or colours, a regiment ten-file strong,
    To look for the Master-singer who had crowned them all in his song;
    And, waiting his servant's order, by the garden gate they stayed,
    A desolate little cluster, the last of the Light Brigade.

    They strove to stand to attention, to straighten the toil-bowed back;
    They drilled on an empty stomach, the loose-knit files fell slack;
    With stooping of weary shoulders, in garments tattered and frayed,
    They shambled into his presence, the last of the Light Brigade.

    The old Troop-Sergeant was spokesman, and "Beggin' your pardon," he said,
    "You wrote o' the Light Brigade, sir. Here's all that isn't dead.
    An' it's all come true what you wrote, sir, regardin' the mouth of hell;
    For we're all of us nigh to the workhouse, an' we thought we'd call an' tell.

    "No, thank you, we don't want food, sir; but couldn't you take an' write
    A sort of 'to be continued' and 'see next page' o' the fight?
    We think that someone has blundered, an' couldn't you tell 'em how?
    You wrote we were heroes once, sir. Please, write we are starving now."
    The poor little army departed, limping and lean and forlorn.

    And the heart of the Master-singer grew hot with "the scorn of scorn."
    And he wrote for them wonderful verses that swept the land like flame,
    Till the fatted souls of the English were scourged with the thing called Shame.

    O thirty million English that babble of England's might,
    Behold there are twenty heroes who lack their food to-night;
    Our children's children are lisping to "honour the charge they made - "
    And we leave to the streets and the workhouse the charge of the Light Brigade!
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  4. jim24

    jim24 Book Reviewer

    The attitude of the gallant six hundred which so aroused Lord Tenneson's admiration arose from the fact that had any of the six hundred had the temerity to ask the "reason why".The would be inquirer would be triced to a triangle and flogged insensible

    The advance to barbarism

    Captain Godfrey Morgan and Sir Briggs who both survived the Charge

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  5. Not just the light brigade though, the heavy was there as well.
  6. With one of my paternal ancestors in the rank of (I think) Sqn Sar' Major (or equivalent)
  7. Happy Balaklava Day to all C Battery RHA wherever you may be!

    The Troop, as it was then, supported both the Heavy and Light Bde, and the 93rd Foot on that day...
  8. To all those Regt's that celebrate Balaklava, have a great day!! From an old "A" mech who spent many a happy day with the Cav.

  9. Happy Balaklava Day Z Heds
  10. I've glaised several rasses today.
    Ex 11th.
    Still 11th!!!
  11. Jim Boys Light Brigade archive site is worth keeping an eye on. He researched the lives of the men of the Light Brigade from when they joined up until they died, a lot of his research hasn`t been digitised yet so details are still sparse on the site. Welcome to Lives of the Light Brigade
  12. British Regiments who proudly fly their colours with the battle honour Balaclava

    4th Dragoon Guards: now the Royal Dragoon Guards.
    5th Dragoon Guards: now the Royal Dragoon Guards.
    1st Royal Dragoons: now the Blues and Royals.
    Royal Scots Greys: now the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
    6th Inniskilling Dragoons: now the Royal Dragoon Guards.
    4th Light Dragoons: now the Queen’s Royal Hussars.
    8th Hussars: now the Queen’s Royal Hussars.
    11th Hussars: now the King’s Royal Husars.
    13th Light Dragoons: now the Light Dragoons.
    17th Lancers: now the Queen’s Royal Lancers.
    93rd Highlanders: now the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders.* By defeating 4 squadrons of Russian Cav the town was held.*
  13. AlienFTM

    AlienFTM LE Book Reviewer

  14. Meant to do this yesterday,for Cherrypickers everywhere.

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  15. Now THAT is an excellent pic..................HUSSAH!