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Capt Louis Edward Nolan

Capt Louis Edward Nolan

Birth
Ontario, Canada
Death 25 Oct 1854 (aged 36)
Balaklava, City of Sevastopol, Ukraine
Burial Balaklava, City of Sevastopol, Ukraine
Memorial ID 58955458 · View Source
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Victim of the Famous Charge of the Light Brigade.

His father Capt. John B. Nolan taught him to be a military man.
When he grew up, he and his brothers joined with the Austrian Imperial army. He later joined with England in 1838 as part of the British Cavalry.
Went to India where he fell ill and was forced to stay in England.
In his thirty-six years of life, he wrote two books "The Training of Cavalry Remount Horses: A New System" in 1852 and "Cavalry: Its History and Tactics" in 1853.
He joined up with the British Cavalry during the Crimean War where he was ADC to Brigadier-General Richard Airey. The Cavalry soon arrived at Balaclava where the Russians had defeated the Ottoman Empire and taken the Artillery. Airey and Lord Raglan wrote confusing letters that soon lead the Light Brigade to their doom. Nolan delivered the final message to attack the position. The commander Lord Cardigan thought they were supposed to attack straight into the Russian firing range. Nolan who wanted to join the battle noticed what Lord Cardigan was doing rode right in front of Lord Cardigan trying to warn him, before he could speak a Russian cannon shell exploded above him sending a shell piece through his Chest. Survivors of the Charge remembered that Nolan let out a terrible scream before collapsing off his horse. He was the very first member of the Gallant Six Hundred to die in the Charge of the Light Brigade.
In the 1968 movie on The Charge of the Light Brigade, he was played by David Hemmings.


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  • Maintained by: Mark Andrew
  • Originally Created by: gordonphilbin
  • Added: 20 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58955458
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Louis Edward Nolan (4 Jan 1818–25 Oct 1854), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58955458, citing Balaklava Battlefield, Balaklava, City of Sevastopol, Ukraine ; Maintained by Mark Andrew (contributor 46818298) .