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The Crimean War (1853 – 1856)

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The Crimean War

(October 1853 – February 1856) The object of this project is to assemble Geni Profiles of people who were involved in the Crimean wars and share stories about them.

The Crimean War was a conflict between the Russian Empire and an alliance of the French Empire, the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Kingdom of Sardinia. The war was part of a long-running contest between the major European powers for influence over territories of the declining Ottoman Empire.

Links for those who have Geni profiles are in bold; links to other reference pages are not.

Chronology of major battles of the war

  • Battle of Sinop, 30 November 1853
  • Siege of Petropavlovsk, 30–31 August 1854, on the Pacific coast
  • Battle of Alma, 20 September 1854
  • Siege of Sevastopol, 25 September 1854 to 8 September 1855
  • Battle of Balaclava, 25 October 1854 (see also Charge of the Light Brigade and The Thin Red Line (Battle of Balaclava))
  • Battle of Inkerman, 5 November 1854
  • Battle of Eupatoria, 17 February 1855
  • Battle of Chernaya River (aka "Traktir Bridge"), 25 August 1855
  • Sea of Azoff naval campaign, May to November 1855
  • Siege of Kars, June to 28 November 1855

Commanders

British commanders

In September 1854 General Codrington was appointed Commander of the 1st Brigade of the Light Division in the Crimea where he led his brigade into the Battle of Alma. He also led his brigade at the Battle of Inkerman and, while General George Brown was wounded, took command of the whole division.

Commander of the Black Sea Fleet.

In 1852 he was appointed to HMS Impérieuse, on which he served in the Gulf of Finland during the Crimean War.

French commanders

  • Marshal Jacques Leroy de Saint Arnaud
  • Marshal François Certain Canrobert
  • Marshal Aimable Pélissier

Ottoman commanders

  • General Abdülkerim Nadir Pasha
  • General Omar Pasha

Russian commanders

Kingdom of Sardinia commander

  • General Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora

Last veterans

  • Yves Prigent (1833–1938). Was in French Navy.
  • Charles Nathan (1834–1934). Last French soldier, also saw action in Italy, Syria, Mexico and the Franco-Prussian War.
  • Edwin Hughes (1830–1927). Last survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade.
  • Colonel Rookes Evelyn Bell Crompton (1845–1940). Repeatedly claimed that he was a cadet on HMS Dragon during the siege of Sevastopol, earning two campaign medals before his twelfth birthday. This is absolutely untrue, because he was never enrolled in the Navy and only visited the Crimea in mid-May to mid-July, 1856, when nobody was entitled to the award of the British Crimea Medal.
  • Timothy the Tortoise (1839–2004). The naval mascot of HMS Queen

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To join the project use the drop down menu at the top left of the screen and click Join the Project. If this option is not available to you then contact a collaborator and ask to be added to the project. As a collaborator you will be able to edit this page.

  • Please add the relevant profiles of Crimean participants (not their entire descendants - only those who were involved in the war). This is easily done from the profile page using the Add to project link. Only profile profiles can be added to projects.
  • If you have interesting stories or anecdotes about someone who participated please add them to the relevant section below with a brief description, adding full details to the "About" section on the profile.
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Geni Profiles

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Major William Earles fought in most of the major battles in the Crimea. He was killed at the Battle of Kirbekan, Sudan in January 1885 while in command of the River Column during Wolseley's Gordon Relief Expedition.

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Awarded the VC for the following - on 28 October 1854 at Inkerman, Crimea, Major Goodlake was in command of a party of sharpshooters which held Windmill Ravine against a much larger force of the enemy, killing 38 (including an officer) and taking three prisoners. He also showed conspicuous gallantry on a later occasion when his sharpshooters surprised a picquet and seized the knapsacks and rifles of the enemy.

  • Thomas Henry Long b 1833 in the Irish Republic.

He married Jane Susanna Clarke 20 July 1861. At this time he was a serving soldier in the British army ( 49th Regiment of Foot ). He fought in the Crimea War, Inkerman, Sevastopol, and Alma. His record makes reference to being wounded in the shoulder by a Russian musket ball.

Saw service in the Crimean War, where he was appointed flag-lieutenant to his uncle, Lord Lyons

He was mortally wounded while engaging the batteries of Sebastopol, 23 June 1855 at Therapia in the Crimea, in command of HMS Miranda. The officers and crew of the Miranda paid for a memorial to him which can be seen today in St Paul's Cathedral, London.

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distinguished himself in the Battle of Malakoff at Sevastopol (8 September 1855), during which he reputedly uttered the famous quotation now attributed to him: J'y suis, j'y reste ("Here I am, here I stay").

Served North America, West Indies, Turkey and Crimea. Enlisted 23rd Regt. Welsh Fusilers. Discharged 1858

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During the Crimean War (1854–1855), he served as ADC to General Sir George Brown, and was present at Alma, Inkerman and Sebastopol.

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A Jamaican (mixed-race) nurse.

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Casualties of the Crimean War

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He was mortally wounded while engaging the batteries of Sebastopol, 23 June 1855 at Therapia in the Crimea, in command of HMS Miranda. The officers and crew of the Miranda paid for a memorial to him which can be seen today in St Paul's Cathedral, London.

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British Stamps - 150th Anniversary of the Crimean War

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Pte. McNamara, 5th Dragoon Guards, Heavy Brigade Charge, Battle of Balaklava

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Piper Muir, 42nd Regt of Foot, Amphibious Assault on Kerch

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Sgt. Maj. Edwards, Scots Fusilier Guards, Gallant Action, Battle of Inkerman

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Sgt. Powell, 1st Regt of Foot Guards, Battles of Alma and Inkerman

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Sgt. Maj. Poole, Royal Sappers and Miners, Defensive Line, Battle of Inkerman

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Sgt. Glasgow, Royal Artillery, Gun Battery besieged Savastepol

References and Resources