Doncaster man's Victorian war medals make £11,000
- 23 September 2011
- From the section England
Medals awarded to a Yorkshire man who took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War have sold for £11,000.
The medals were awarded to Pte William Pearson, 17th Lancers, who was severely wounded in the charge at Balaklava in 1854.
The cavalry trumpeter from Doncaster was then nursed by Florence Nightingale at Scutari hospital.
The medals had been estimated to fetch £12,000 -£15,000 at auction.
Christopher Hill of the auctioneers DNW, London, said only Pte Pearson's skill as a horseman stopped him being mortally wounded during an attack by three Cossacks during the famous cavalry charge.
Mr Hill added that the Crimean medal was an "ornate and elegant" medal with three oak leaves commemorating the battles of Alma, Balaklava, and Sebastopol.
The charge was undertaken by the British cavalry against Russian forces.
As the result of what was thought to be an unclear order the men charged into a valley with Russian guns on three sides.
More than 600 cavalrymen took part in the charge and about 280 soldiers were killed, wounded or missing in the action.
Due to his injuries Pte Pearson was discharged from the army but volunteered again, rejoined and served in India during the Indian Mutiny of 1857.
Having spent more than 13 years in the army Pte Pearson retired to York where he died in 1909 at the age of 84.
The medals were bought by an internet bidder.