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Bygone Stanley - The Charge of the Light Brigade


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Buried in the Stanley churchyard is a survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. Re was John Moore who died in the West Riding Asylum, Wakefield, on the 14th day of April 1887, aged 68. The internment took place in Stanley churchyard the following Monday the 18th of April. He served with the 4th Light Dragoons from 1837 to his honourable discharge on the 1st of April 1861. The following write-up researched by Mr A. L. Ashworth is interesting;-

JOHN MOORE - served with the 4th Light Dragoons. He joined the Army in 1837 when 18 years of age and was in action in the Alma, Inkerman, Sebastopol and Balaclava campaigns for which he was awarded four medals and four bars.

He also received the Ghuznee Medal awarded for those who took part in the bombardment of the Ghuznee Fort in India. For all these actions he escaped unscathed, receiving an honourable discharge from his 24 years service on the 1st April 1861. He then entered the service of the Rev. W. B. Beaumont of Collerton Rectory, Leicestershire, no doubt anticipating a peaceful existence.

How ironic and tragic that this man, after facing terrible dangers for 24 years, escaping death or injuries should meet with such a disabling injury whilst in this apparently tranquil employment for it was during this service that, whilst out driving, a herd of bullocks ran amock colliding with the tram in which he was travelling, overturning it and causing him to receive serious head injuries. He suffered brain damage and eventually, in January 1887, was admitted to the Wakefield Asylum; his next of kin residing locally at Stanley. He died there on the 14th April 1887, aged 68 years. The internment took place in Stanley churchyard the following Monday the 18th April.

The 'Charge of the Light Brigade' took place round a Crimean village, Balaclava in 1854. The charge was made by a British Cavalry unit and was due to a misunderstanding between Lord Cardigan and his superiors, Lord Raglan and Lucan, which led to the British Cavalry being committed to an attack up a valley heavily held on three sides by the Russians and it was immortalised by Tennyson.

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