nfl nike jersey types Balaclava Day isn’t what you might think
Balaclava Day isn’t what you might think as Newcastle’s Discovery Museum provesBalaclava Day was a special occasion for Victorians every October 25 to mark the crucial battle during the Crimean War18:00, 23 OCT 2017Updated18:03, 23 OCT 2017
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Mention balaclava today and for most it’s woolly headgear.
But Balaclava Day was a special occasion for Victorians every October 25 to mark the crucial battle during the Crimean War, which included the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Now Balaclava Day is to be revived this Wednesday at Newcastle Discovery Museum to coincide with the unveiling of its new permanent gallery, Charge! The Story of England’s Northern Cavalry.
It features objects previously unseen in the North East, including a flag captured from the Battle of Waterloo,
a shako (helmet) worn in the Charge of the Light Brigade and a suitcase used for carrying maps at the D Day landings in 1944.
There is also a cannonball from the Balaclava battlefield, the Crimean medals of Lieut Percy Shaw Smith showing the clasps Sebastopol, Inkerman, Balaclava and Alma, and a photograph of Cpl. Joseph Malone of the 13th Hussars, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery during the Charge of the Light Brigade.
Another North East link is a character who features in the film General Richard Airey, chief of staff to Crimean commander Lord Raglan, who was born in Newcastle and became Baron Killingworth.
The day will also include a guided tour of the new gallery and a talk and demonstration of medical equipment from the Crimean War and the modern facilities in a real army field hospital with the Royal Army Medical Corps.
The new gallery has been made possible thanks to money raised by National Lottery players through the Heritage Lottery Fund, which provided a grant of Charge!
unites the collections of the antecedent regiments of The Light Dragoons and also tells the continuing story of the Northumberland Hussars since becoming the Command Support squadron of the Queen’s Own Yeomanry.