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Remembering The Charge Of The Light Brigade: Its Commemoration, War Memorials And Memory

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Despite recent and current military historical research, which has re-evaluated it within wider European, Imperial, Colonial and warfare contexts, from a British perspective, the Crimean War remains a period which is often popularly characterised by the efforts of Florence Nightingale and the Charge of the Light Brigade (CLB). This chapter takes a broad approach to the British and Irish commemoration of the CLB, by assessing the contemporary documentary and memorial evidence and providing useful case-studies for further research. It builds upon the 1858 study by Captains Colbourne and Brine on Balaklava memorials and cemeteries by including an appreciation of those memorials and graves in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. In contrast to Colbourne and Brine's purpose, which was to provide a catalogue of graves and memorials, this paper seeks to interpret their impact, imagery or importance as required.

Keywords: Balaklava; Charge of the Light Brigade (CLB); Colbourne

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