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James Williams ID of uniform and death
Posted by: brett skurrie (ID *****3618) Date: February 23, 2010 at 23:21:56
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I am seeking information about my great granduncle James Williams. He was born in Little Rissington, Gloucestershire in 1826. Most of his family emigrated to Tasmania, Australia (some transported as convicts) but I don't know when James emigrated. He was not a convict.
I have an extract from a book written by a descendant of his sister Rachel which states that James fought in the Crimean War and participated in the Charge of the Light Brigade.
"The Horton family of Marrawah" by Irma Boughton has. "James had joined the Army and in fact became one of the immortal "Light Brigade" which charged the Russian guns at Balaclava on 25th October 1854. Seven hundred had ridden into the Valley, not 200 came out again and young James WILLIAMS did not answer the roll-call when they got back to the lines. ........ I have on my wall a water-colour of James, painted just before he left England - he looks so splendid in his magnificent scarlet and black uniform, and that was the picture Rachel carried to far off Australia."

The water-colour obviously exists and the uniform is similar to that as appears in photos of the Crimean conflict. James & Rachel were in the same household at Little Rissington, Gloucestershire during the 1841 Census. Rachel left for Australia in August 1852, therefore, if she did carry the water-colour to Australia then it was done prior to August 1852.

l was wondering if anyone would be able to help with my James Williams, his involvement and possible death in the Crimean war. l have a copy of the page which shows the uniform James was wearing. l also have a possible similar looking photo of the uniform which could be the one he was wearing when the watercolor was taken. l'm unsure to which regiment the uniform belongs to.

l'd apprecaite any help and can forward pictures for anyone able to assist.
Thanking you in advance,

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