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 Samuel Parkes

Samuel Parkes

Birth
Wigginton and Hopwas, Lichfield District, Staffordshire, England
Death 15 Nov 1864 (aged 49)
Hyde Park, City of Westminster, Greater London, England
Burial West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England
Memorial ID 7710901 · View Source
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Crimean War Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Private in the Queen's Own 4th Light Dragoons. On October 25, 1854, in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaklava, Crimea, when a Trumpet-Major's horse fell dismounting him, Private Parkes went to his rescue. Placing himself between two attacking Cossacks and downed Trumpet-Major, he drove them off with his sword. In the retreat, they were attacked by six Russians, whom Private Parkes kept at bay until they were captured as Russian prisoners. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 26 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7710901
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Samuel Parkes (Sep 1815–15 Nov 1864), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7710901, citing Brompton Cemetery, West Brompton, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Greater London, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .