Paging the Light Brigade

Bit of your history went on sale t'other day hereabouts;


Private James Olley, who survived the infamous event despite his wounds, penned the document 120 years ago to escape begging on the streets. The soldier told how his horse was shot down and a bullet took out his left eye in hand-to-hand combat as British forces launched the ill-fated attack.

Private Olley lived until 1920, when he was 82.

His hand-written description of the charge, one of only a few surviving eye-witness accounts, explains how confusion and chaos were cemented by the miscommunication between the head of the British cavalry, Lord Lucan, the Light Brigade’s commander Lord Cardigan, and Captain Edward Nolan, who carried the order to charge.

A quick Google provides a tad more;


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