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Roger Fenton (1819-69)

Colonel Doherty and the Officers of the 13th Light Dragoons 1855

RCIN 2500354

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Photograph of a group of Officers and men from the 13th Light Dragoons, including Colonel Doherty. They stand in a variety of positions with two men sitting on the ground to the left. All are wearing military uniform and hats and some wear coats. Behind them is a campsite and a hillside.

The 13th Light Dragoons served in all of the major battles of the Crimean War including the Charge of the Light Brigade. This photograph is sometimes captioned 'Remnant of the 13th Light Dragoons taken in front of their camp on the morning after the Charge at Balaclava, October 26th, 1854'. This would not have been possible, as Fenton did not arrive in the Crimea until 8 March 1855. A key held by the National Army Museum, with this photograph, identifies the men thus: Cornet F L Michael; Capt. Gardner; Capt. P S Smith; RSM Johnson; Col. Doherty; Corp. Glynn; Cornet D T Chamberlayne; Pte. Morrisey; V.Surgn. Towers; Sgt. Mahoney; TSM Hunt; Pte. Dearlove; Capt. Jenyns; Sgt. Mulkay; Pte. Long; [TSM Linkon]; Pte. Gardner. Jenyns was the most senior officer to survive from the 13th.