Orders, Decorations, Medals and Militaria (16 April 2020)

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Date of Auction: 16th April 2020

Sold for £6,000

Estimate: £3,000 - £4,000

Three: Private J. Nicholson, 17th Lancers, who served with the Light Brigade in the Crimea

Crimea 1854-56, 4 clasps, Alma, Balaklava, Inkermann, Sebastopol (J. Nicholson, 17th. Lancers) officially impressed naming; Indian Mutiny 1857-59, no clasp (John Nicholson, 17th. Lancers); Turkish Crimea 1855, British issue, unnamed as issued, plugged and fitted with a contemporary Crimea-style suspension, minor edge bruising, contact marks, very fine (3) £3,000-£4,000


John Nicholson was born in 1829 and attested for the 17th Lancers at Hampton Court on 11 December 1849. He served with the 17th Lancers as part of the Light Brigade throughout the entire Crimean War, and is confirmed in Forgotten Heroes by Roy Dutton as having taken part in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava on 25 October 1854. Discharged, he subsequently claimed from the Light Brigade Relief Fund, and died in India in June 1893.