Into the valley of death

Jason Robinson in front of the Balaklava memorial on Southsea seafront holding his relative's Crimea medal. Below are John Burton's Crimean War medals.

Jason Robinson in front of the Balaklava memorial on Southsea seafront holding his relative's Crimea medal. Below are John Burton's Crimean War medals.

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Next Saturday is the 160th anniversary of the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War, on October 25, 1854.

Jason Robinson is a former local lad now living in Aldershot who is the great, great, great grandson of the oldest serving soldier who took part in that ill-fated action – Private 624 John Burton of the 11th Hussars. The charge was a big mistake as they should have been given different orders and ended up charging the wrong target.

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Of the 500 men and horses, 118 were killed, 127 injured and 60 taken prisoner. Just 195 and their mounts remained. A memorial was put up on Southsea seafront by the Debating Society of Portsmouth on June 10, 1857.

Among Burton’s medals is a Turkish one with a Union Flag on the reverse. They are rare as the ship taking the medals to the troops was sunk and most received ones bearing the French flag.

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