Balaclava Day | Boadicea's Chariot

No, it s not going to be particularly cold in the salubrious suburb of East Acton. I refer to the day of commemoration of the Battle of Balaclava, 160 yearws ago today. The battle was the second major engagement fought by the British Army in the Crimean War and was fought because the British contingent of the Franco-British Army deployed in support of the Ottoman Empire had been given a position in the developing siege of the Russian fortress and port of Sevastopol. `The Russian general, Menshikov, had taken the bulk of his army out of the defences of Sevastopol to preserve operational mobility and attempt to sever the communication lines of the Allied Army and attacked the port of Balaclava in the early hours of the morning of the 25th October 1854.

The battle is much celebrated for the thin red line of Colin Campbell s 93rd Highlanders and the famous charge of the Light Brigade, a gallant and glorious failure, (read, almighty cock-up from start to end.) More or less unknown to the general public, there was another cavalry charge that day in which the British Army s Heavy Brigade charged a Russian cavalry force which outnumbered it at least twice, and possibly three times the actual size of the Russian force is uncertain. The charge of the Heavy Brigade was not only uphill, but was launched from a standing start over such a short distance from the enemy lines that the squadrons barely managed to reach a canter, let alone the pace and shock of a full-blown charge. Nevertheless, the determination and sheer bloody-mindedness of the British cavalry won the day, with 40 50 Russians killed and over 200 wounded in exchange for 10 killed and 98 wounded in the Heavy Brigade.

And why, I hear you wondering, am I drawing this to the attention of the Honourable Charioteers? Well. the first British cavalrymen to crash into the Russian Lines were troopers of the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, followed by those of the 5th Dragoon Guards.

These two were the predecessors of my Regiment, the Fifth Royal Inniskilling Dragoon Guards. They were followed into the fray by the 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, one of the predecessors, along with the 7th Dragoon Guards of the 4th/7th Dragoon Guards with whom my regiment amalgamated in 1992 to form the Royal Dragoon Guards. The Battle Honour, Balaclava, is carried on the Regimental Standard of the Royal Dragoon Guards.

You might ask why young men in a 21st Century Army fight under, (figuratively speaking,) a standard commemorating battles fought so long ago? It is one of the non-quantifiable elements that makes the British Army s Regimental system a force multiplier. Even the most cynical of soldiers absorbs the ethos and traditions of his Regiment through a sort of slow osmosis and the appeal to the Regiment stiffens the sinews in adversity, even of the worst of a Regiment s soldiers, in a way that an appeal to country, creed or cause cannot match.

I separated from the colours in 1993 and yet, even now, the Regimental March squares my shoulders, forces my neck back against my collar and puts a swagger into my step. Silly, innit? I m jumping the gun and posting this tonight because tomorrow I am meeting a dozen or so comrades for a late lunch which will, no doubt, last well beyond the dinner gong.

Alcohol may well be involved after all, we re Irish soldiers, (even the Englishmen among us :-) ) Like this: Like Loading…

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Nursing Sister Philips WW1 Album p.

5-1 Coldstream Guards 1915

This Photo Archive consists of a small autograph album (6.5″ by 5.25″) kept by Constance (Connie) Philips as a memento of her time serving as a nurse during World War One. The majority of the photos and items are from 1915, when she served as a nurse in France and Britain. The album and all photographs, postcards, and other ephemera contained in the album belong to Karin Armstrong and may not be copied or republished without her written permission.

The images will be published on Olive Tree Genealogy with permission. Each image has been designated an “R” for Recto or a “V” for Verso plus an album page number. Recto is the right-hand side page of a bound book while Verso is the left-hand side page.

I will be posting the entire album and my additional research on the individuals identified in Connie’s album over the coming months so please check back frequently to view these historic photos. The easiest way to see what has been published is to click on the topic “Nursing Sister WW1 Photos” in the vertical menu bar on the right side of your screen. You can also click on that phrase at the bottom of this post.


1. “If you have a friend / then keep them so. / Let not that friend thy secrets / know. / For if that friend should turn / thy foe. / Then all the world thy secrets know.

2. Signed Cpl. G.



1st Coldstream Guards.


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Department Polo Shirts & Sweatshirts for Sale

Our Instrumental Music Department polo shirts and sweatshirts are now for sale! Sweatshirts are $25 Polo Shirts $15 with a n option to personalize by adding your name, or ensemble for $5 extra. Simply download an order form 1 and turn it in with cash or a check no later than Monday October 20, 2014.

We set a quick deadline so orders will be may be received for our November 1 st competition. Please make checks payable to NHHS . Jazz Band has their first performance this Thursday at 4:30pm in the NHHS amphitheater for Parents Conference Night.

The group will have a follow up set the next day on Friday for students during lunchtime. Volunteer Opportunities Homecoming is right around the corner and we hope you will join us for what is one of the biggest performances for our band and dance team! We are cooking hamburgers for the students and are in need of a few parent volunteers to help .

We also need help processing all the orders for our polo and sweatshirt sales. If interested in helping please click on the links below to sign up! Help Process Polo & SweatshirT Orders 2 or help with our homecoming BBQ: 3 Upcoming Events: October 17 th 4:00pm 7:00pm Field Show Practice October 24 th Home Game vs.

Monroe Homecoming! October 31 st Away Game vs. Verdugo Hills November 1 st Rampage Field Tournament November 7 th Home Game vs.

Arleta with guests Walter Reed Band November 8 th Highlander Field Tournament November 14 th Chamber Music Concert November 24 th Jazz Night at Vitellos December 6 th LAUSD City Champs December 12 th Winter Concert Music Advocacy An endless amount of research comes our way every year in support of the academic, behavior, and social benefits of music. As a music educator, we get to learn the unmistakably positive effects music has on students. Below is a link with a short video about the mental benefits of playing music.

I hope you find time to enjoy this video.

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