Posted By:Helen Barrell
Subject:Charge of the Light Brigade survivor: George Smith
Post Date:March 03, 2003 at 13:00:42
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Hello people,

I wonder if any of you have any reference resources relating to this famous incident. My great-great-grandmother's uncle was called George Smith and was one of the (few) survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade. Apparently, he was a Scottish landowner who raised his own troop of horses.

I would love to know more about this chap: such as what his rank was, where in Scotland he was from... I've found a Sergeant-Major Loy Smith who won a VC for his role in the charge and wrote memoirs, and I'm wondering if this could be 'Uncle George', but I don't know if Loy is a first name or not. I've seen a reference to a 'Smith, TSM George' but I have no idea what TSM means! I've also seen a Private George Smith, but I don't think a landowner would be Private. I'm no military historian and the books I've flicked through in the library are daunting.

So the story goes that 'Uncle George' would sit in Hyde Park with his niece and would regale passing ladies with his dashing tales. I believe he may have been injured in the charge as well (hmmm.... not surprising!)

And in case you're interested, his niece was called Elizabeth and grew up on a farm in Chesham, Buckinghamshire, before moving to London, becoming a milliner, and having two husbands and 14 children (her first husband was a Harris, the second an Ashworth). I haven't found out what her maiden name was, though, just yet.