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George Charles Bingham
Birth: Apr. 16, 1800
Death: Nov. 10, 1888

British Army Officer. George Charles Bingham was born in London, the eldest son of the second Earl of Lucan and his wife, Lady Elizabeth Belasyse, the daughter of Earl Fauconberg, who had been married to and divorced from the Duke of Norfolk. Lord Bingham, as he was known until his father's death in 1839, was educated at Westminster School. When he was sixteen, a commision was bought for him in the 6th. Regiment of Foot. Within ten years, he had reached the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel in command of the 17th. Lancers. In the same year (1826), he was elected to the House of Commons, representing County Mayo in Ireland, where his family were landowners; he held this seat until 1830. In 1829, he married Anne, the youngest of the seven daughters of the sixth Earl of Cardigan. They were to have two sons and four daughters. Lucan became a Colonel in 1841 and a Major-General in 1851. In February 1854, when the British Army, under the command of Lord Raglan, was about to be sent to the Crimea, he was given command of the Cavalry Divison, which had two brigades: the Heavy Brigade under James Yorke Scarlett, and the Light Brigade under the seventh Earl of Cardigan, Lucan's brother-in-law, with whom he did not enjoy a good relationship. On the 25th. October, the Russians advanced on Balaclava and captured the redoubts, which had been held by Turkish troops. The Russians were then driven back by the Charge of the Heavy Brigade, after which Lucan placed the Heavy Brigade on the slopes. He was waiting for the approach of the Infantry, when Captain Nolan brought him the message: "Lord Raglan wishes the cavalry to advance rapidly to the front. Follow the enemy and try to prevent the enemy carrying away the guns. Troop of horse artillery may accompany. French cavalry is on your left. Immediate." The intention was for the attack to be on the Causeway Heights and the redoubts, but Lucan understood it, quite wrongly, to mean that the advance was to be along the North valley, at the end of which the defeated Russian cavalry was drawn up behind twelve guns, with other Russian troops on the heights at either side. Although he realised "the uselessness of such an attack, and the danger attending it", Lucan felt bound to obey, and sent the Light Brigade forward, with two regiments of the Heavy Brigade to cover its retirement. The Light Brigade was reduced from 673 to 195 men, the two Heavy regiments suffered, and Lucan was wounded in the leg. He was recalled and returned to England at the beginning of March 1855. He applied for a court-martial, which was refused, but was vindicated by the House of Lords. He had no further military employment, but was promoted to Lieutenant-General in 1858, General in 1865, and Field-Marshal in 1887. Also in 1858, he proposed the wording of the clause which enabled practising Jews, who could not take the Parliamentary Oath, to sit in the Houses of Parlaiment. In the 1968 film, "The Charge of the Light Brigade", Lord Lucan was played by Harry Andrews. The fourth and fifth Earls are buried on either side of him, along with their Countesses. The sixth Earl was a minister in the 1945-51 Labour Government, and the seventh Earl (b. 1934), who has not been seen since 1974, was found guilty in absentia of the murder of his children's nanny, Mrs. Sandra Rivett, and the attempted murder of his wife.  (bio by: Iain MacFarlaine) 
All Saints Churchyard
Spelthorne Borough
Surrey, England
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Originally Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
Record added: Jun 27, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9000836
George Charles Bingham
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George Charles Bingham
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George Charles Bingham
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- Joseph M.Petri
 Added: Jun. 5, 2014
I light a candle for George Charles Bingham ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
Rest in peace.
- Jim--In memory of Joyce & GW
 Added: Oct. 23, 2011
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