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Re: One for Liverpool Annie Part 2
« Reply #18 on: Thursday 13 March 08 03:54 GMT (UK) »

I'm not quite sure about this one ... it's the same but different !!  :-\

Lieutenant Henry Arthur Sparke - killed at Balaklava - 25th October 1854
Son of Revd. J.H. Sparke, canon of Ely.

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that a man lay down his life for his friends

Ely Cathedral: On stained glass window (south east):
Ashley SPARKE

In mem. Hen. Ashley SPARKE qui ___idi[?] in Armis Balaclava October XXV, MDCCCLIV (1854)

He was a grandson of Bowyer Edward Sparke Bishop of Ely, 1812-36 (?)
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Re: One for Liverpool Annie Part 2
« Reply #19 on: Thursday 13 March 08 05:35 GMT (UK) »

Cornet John Yates - Yates was made adjutant one month before Balaklava and is listed as being at the Charge but he did not take part in the Charge due to temporary illness - he retired as a Captain on half pay in 1859 and died in July 1862

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Captain J. Yates, 11th Hussars  late 17th Lancers Three: Crimea War Medal, 1854, 4 clasps, Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol (Lt. & Adjut. I. [sic] Yates, 11th Husrs.), engraved naming in upright sans-serif capitals, Turkish Crimea Medal, Sardinian issue (unnamed as issued), Sardinia, Al Valore Militare, 1855-56 issue, in silver (rev. typically engraved Lieutt. and Adjutant John Yates, 11th Husss.), all with silver brooch top suspension buckles, mounted in a framed and glazed display case (together with a copy of a photograph of Yates in the Crimea next to his charger) (3) the first with minor repairs to clasps carriage, the second and third with decorative replacement suspension bars, contact marks, slight edge bruising and cleaned, about very fine Al Valore Militare (only two awarded to the 11th Hussars for the Crimea): ''was present in the Crimea from the commencement until August 1855; was present at the Alma, Balaclava, and Inkermann and behaved gallantly. Acted as Brigade-Major to Major-General the Earl of Cardigan, K.C.B., at Balaclava and for a fortnight previously.'' Captain John Yates was born in 1819 and in 1837 enlisted in 17th Lancers then under the energetic command of George, Lord Bingham, the future 3rd Earl of Lucan and commander of the Cavalry Division in the Crimea. He became Quartermaster-Sergeant of the 17th on 6 July, 1852, and serving in that capacity landed with the Light Brigade at Kalamita Bay in mid-September 1854 prior to participating in the cavalry affair on the Bulganek on the 19th. Three days later he transferred to the 11th Hussars. Yates, or 'Joey' as he was nicknamed, was duly commissioned Cornet on 22 September, 1854, and immediately assumed the then ranker officer's duty of Adjutant. 'Certain writers' have stated that Yates rode in the Charge, but this now appears to have been a misapprehension. On or about 10 October, he was appointed to take over as Brigade Major of the Light Brigade in the absence of Major Mayow, 4th Light Dragoons, and was apparently still serving in that appointment on the morning of 25 October, the day of the Battle of Balaklava. But at the last moment before the Charge of the Light Brigade, Mayow returned from his sick bed to resume his duties with the Brigade Staff in the field. As Adjutant, Yates alone of the several junior officers belonging to the 11th's regimental headquarters (Quartermaster, Paymaster, Assistant Surgeon, etc.) would have been expected to go into action with the regiment, occupying the customary Adjutant's place on the extreme right of the line. In the event of the Charge, however, this post was occupied by the Assistant Surgeon, Henry Wilkin, 'a man whose vocation was surely soldiering rather than medicine', for he was subsequently granted a combatant commission and was later recommended for a V.C. In the immediate aftermath of the Charge Yates was one of the first to meet Lord Cardigan on his return from the 'Valley of Death', joining him at about the time he made his famously ambiguous remark to General Cathcart: ''I have lost my Brigade''. Yates, then, hanging back at the respectful distance of a pace or two, trotted away with Cardigan to the northern edge of the Causeway where they met other returning survivors. Yates became Lieutenant on 20 December, 1855, and Captain on 18 October, 1859, when he was placed on Half Pay. A week later he was appointed Adjutant of the Cavalry Depot at Canterbury, which post he retained until a month before his death on 15 August 1862


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"Marriage at the Old Church Edgbaston Birmingham Capt. John Yates Adjutant Cavalry Depot Canterbury to Frances Margaret only dau. of George Yates, esq. of Edgbaston. Feb 10 1860."
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after a great many wounded and disabled men had already passed it going to the rear, Lord Cardigan came riding by at a "quiet pace" close under the crest. He had passed the troop on his left for several horse-lengths, when he came back and halted within a yard or two of the left-hand gun, the only one fairly on the crest. He was not alone, but attended by Cornet Yates of his own old regiment the 11th Hussars, a recently commissioned ranker. "Lord Cardigan was in the full dress _pelisse_ (buttoned) of the 11th Hussars, and he rode a chestnut horse very distinctly marked and of grand appearance. The horse seemed to have had enough of it, and his lordship appeared to have been knocked about but was cool and collected


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Re: One for Liverpool Annie Part 2
« Reply #20 on: Thursday 13 March 08 05:53 GMT (UK) »


Trumpet Major William Smith lived in Knutsford after his years of military service which included Afghan Wars and the Crimea. He was a trumpeter in the Charge of the Light Brigade. Each troop would have had their own trumpeter so he was not unique. There are even doubts that the order to charge was ever given!
He and his wife lived on Stanley Road (in his day called Love Lane) where the house still has a plaque commemorating him. The plaque outside Smith's home, records that he sounded the charge at Balaclava, but, as with everything concerning that event, controversy has raged. Various claimants were put forward, by themselves or others, but it is usually accepted that no official charge was sounded, all was chaos, each troop had a trumpeter and Smith was certainly there with his trumpet.Until the 1930's the mouthpiece of this was still to be seen in Knutsford. A letter from T. Edwards of 10 Heathfield Square read "I may also add that I have in my possession a mouth-piece given to my father by Trumpet-Major Smith who told him it was the same on that the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava was blown". Another correspondent added, "I remember him well. Of good appearance and address he mostly appeared wearing a fancy waistcoat. He was respected by everyone".

THE BALACLAVA BANQUET
Twenty one years after The Charge of The Light Brigade a commemorative banquet was held at The Alexandra Palace in London. The invitation brought back memories for Smith and he replied :-
'I write to inform you that another old 'cherry picker'* intends putting in an appearance, your old chum, Bill Smith from the 3rd Light Dragons. You will remember the night you carried me to hospital with bowel complaint; if you forget it, I never shall.' The 'cherry pickers' was a nickname for the 11th Hussars to which Smith transferred when volunteering for the Crimean War. Perhaps he was cared for by Florence Nightingale during his spell in hospital , as army records show him 'sick at Scutari' for five weeks. Smith continued his letter to The Balaclava Commemoration Committee: ' But now, old boy, what about this banquet? I intend coming. paying all expenses or not. If I can get my expenses railway free, well and good, of not, that will not keep me from once more coming up to London to shake hands with my dear old brother comrades of the Six Hundred'.

The Guardian (16th October, 1875) commented:

'This gallant soldier, who served 15 years in India, had his horse shot from under him in The Valley of Death, and was hurt from the animal falling upon him, but still found time to bind up a wound in the thigh which one of his comrades had received and bought him safely out of the field'

Smith's 'portrait' does not appear in this 'gallery' from The London Illustrated News but that of Major-General Rodolph de Salis is there. He was the brother of Lady de Tabley of Tabley House, near Knutsford; preserved in the archives is the telegram sent to her by the War minister and also Salis' own sketch of the battle field .

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« Reply #21 on: Thursday 13 March 08 05:54 GMT (UK) »
 
continued

William Smith's Military Service

Joined 3rd Light Dragoons, January 1839, aged 16. Served in: the Afghan War (1842) present at battles of Kabul, Ghaznar and Khandahar the First Sikh War (1845/6) the Second Sikh War (1848/9) the Crimean War, aswell as the battles of Alma, Inkerman, Balaclava and Sebastopol. He was awarded long service and good conduct medals making a total of six medals and eight clasps.

William Smith came to Knutsford after his discharge from the army having served 25 years and 16 days, which earned him a gratuity of £5! He came to serve with The Cheshire Yeomanry as Trumpet Major.

He became a noted figure in the town, much appreciated as an entertainer at concerts, penny readings and various functions -  The Guardian for February 11 1865 reported a Society for Readings, Music and Lectures has been formed at The Old Assembly Rooms, The Royal George'

The programme included a song by Mr W Smith, as did the dinner held to celebrate the laying of the foundation stone of the new Grand Stand on the Heath in March 1866. His star turn was the recitation of his own poem written after the charge of the Light Brigade. His martial bearing made him an impressive figure as crier to the Court of Quarter Sessions.

When a travelling artist arrived in Knutsford, Trumpet Major Smith presented an ideal subject to exhibit his skill with the brush. A commission for portraits by the local butchers ended with arguments and the Smith picture was raffled.

Sad end of a Balaclava Hero

Smith does not seem to have attended the 25th anniversary Balaclava dinner in October 1879 and a month later he died in sad circumstances. It seems he was adddicted to laudanum which he took as cough mixture, he also had drinking bouts - 'going on the spree' in his soldier's fashion. This combination led to depression. It is clear from the evidence at the coroner's enquiry that he deliberately took an overdose having first paid off his small debts about the town. As a much loved and admired town character he was buried in the graveyard of St John's The Baptist Church despite the suicide verdict. No gravestone marked the place.

In 1991 this omission was rectified when the War Graves Commission provided a gravestone which was paid for by The 11th Hussar regiment and funds collected by friends and military history enthusiasts.

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« Reply #22 on: Thursday 13 March 08 06:07 GMT (UK) »


And this is for Mike !!  ;D ;D ;D ..... Russian Cavalry !


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« Reply #23 on: Thursday 13 March 08 06:20 GMT (UK) »
Annie, smaller world than we thought !!!  you have to go visit  :D

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Here he is .... I'll go get him when I can find him !!  :)

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« Reply #24 on: Thursday 13 March 08 06:28 GMT (UK) »


I didn't want to say anything yet .... but I can't stand it !!  ;D  ;D ;D ;D ;D

When I went to see Alex Sutherlands grave ... there was none ! .... just a patch of grass !  :'(
So I happened to mention it at the Western History .... AND .............. :o
there's a strong possibility that we may be able to get him a grave stone - as he fought in the Civil War AND that we may be able to get the Charge of the Light Brigade put on there too ....... AND by all accounts .... it should be free !!  ;D ;D

( I'm saying all the "maybes" because I don't want to jinx it ..... but it's that exciting !!  ;D ;D ;D )
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« Reply #25 on: Thursday 13 March 08 21:48 GMT (UK) »


Riding Master John Atkins Pickworth

Hart's List details his War Services  - "Riding Master Pickworth served the Eastern campaign of 1854-55 with the 8th Hussars,including the reconnaissance to Silistria, Battles of Alma, Balaklava, Inkerman, and the Tchernaya, affairs of Bulganak and M'Kenzie's Farm, siege and fall of Sebastopol (Medal with four Clasps, French War Medal, and Turkish Medal). Served in the Indian campaigns of 1858-59 and was present at the capture of Kotah, reoccupation of Chundaree, battle of Kota ke Serai, capture of Gwalior, and action of Boordah (Medal with Clasp)."

He enlisted in the 8th Hussars c. 1840, with the Regimental Number 840.
Sergeant Pickworth would embark to the Crimea in the H.T.'Medora' on April 27th 1854. He was to feature in the famous "Charge of the Light Brigade", one of the "Gallant Six Hundred" immortalized by Lord Tennyson.
He was promoted to Troop Sergeant-Major on the next day, October 26th, 1854.
The 8th Hussars would remain in the Crimea until April 1856, to come back home, before being sent to India in September 1857, at the outbreak of the Mutiny.
Pickworth was appointed Regimental Sergeant-Major on October 16th, 1857, and appointed Riding-Master on August 31st, 1858.
He came back from India with the 8th Hussars on board the St. Lawrence East Indiaman, leaving Calcutta on the 13th of January 1864, calling at the Cape of Good Hope on the 1st of March, at St. Helena on the 12th of March and reaching Portmouth on Tuesday afternoon, April 26th, 1864.
He was appointed to the Cavalry Depôt  on April 28th, 1875. He would retire on half-pay, with the honorary rank of Captain, on April 24th, 1879, being installed as a Military Knight of Windsor on the same day.
He was a Member of the 1879 Balaclava Commemoration Society.

His obituary was published in "The Times" on February 23d, 1901  -

"Captain John Atkins Pickworth, a Military Knight of Windsor, formerly of the 8th Hussars and Cavalry depot Staff, died early yesterday morning at his residence in the Lower Ward, Windsor Castle. Captain Pickworth was born on March 18, 1824, and was consequently nearly 77 years of age. He joined the Army on February 18, 1840, and served in the 8th Hussars for upwards of 35 years. He served in the Crimean campaign, including the Earl of Cardigan's reconnaissance of Silistria, and in the indian Mutiny, and was in 12 engagements - Bulganac, Alma, McKenzie's Farm, Balaclava, Inkerman, Tchernaya, and Sevastopol, in the Crimea, and the capture of Kotah, the reoccupation of Chundaree, the battle of Kota-keserai, the capture of Gwalior, and the action of Boordah, in India.
He rode in the famous charge of the Six Hundred at Balaclava, and was one of a squadron that charged into and through the enemy's camp at Kota-keserai, in India, in which several guns were captured.he received four medals and five clasps, was recommended for the Victoria Cross, and his name was twice mentioned in the records of his regiment for having "distinguished himself by his steadiness and coolness in keeping the men together and the squadron unbroken" - after the death of the officers in the Light Brigade charge at Balaklava - and during the Indian Mutiny, at Kota-keserai, when, owing to the death of his officer, he succeeded to the command of a troop covering the retreat, and was recommended for and awarded the commission vacant by the death of Lieutenant Reilly, who was killed in action. Captain Pickworth was selected by the Duke of Cambridge, then Commander-in-Chief, for the Cavalry Depot Staff on May 12, 1875, and was appointed by the late Queen Victoria a Military Knight of Windsor on April 24, 1879, after over 39 years of continuous service."

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« Reply #26 on: Thursday 13 March 08 22:02 GMT (UK) »


Troop-Sergeant-Major Patrick ( also known as Rourke ) Teevan

Born 9 Jul 1824 Belturbet Cavan Death 23 Jan 1902 (age 77) London

Was Captain and Quartermaster of the 11th Hussars. Led the left troop of the right squadron in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava. Was wounded in the right hand. Granted the Reward for Distinguished and Meritorious Services.
 
Quartermaster (from Quarter-Master-Sergeant) 11th Hussars, Nov 10, 1865 - Hon. Captain, March 8, 1876. Retired h.p. March 8, 1876.
Served with the 11th Hussars in Bulgaria and the Crimea during the Eastern Campaign 1854-55, including the affairs of the Bulganak and McKenzie's Farm, battles of the Alma, Balaclava (led the left troop f the right squadron in the Light Cavalry Charge and was wounded), Inerman, and Tchernaya, and siege and fall of Sebastonopol (Medal with 4 clasps; French and Turkish War Medals). Granted the Reward for "Distinguished and Meritorious Services" (R), Feb 6, 1882. Died in London, Jan 23, 1902
(Appendix III of Historical Records of the 11th Hussars)

Rourke clearly didn't forget his efforts in the Charge of the Light Brigade, for which the citation for his French War Medal stated that he "behaved gallantly". He was a member of the Balaclava Commemoration Society in 1879, and attended Officers' Balaclava Dinners in 1892 and 1893.
 
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