I found this grave in a part of the cemetery which receives few visitors. There were no new flowers, worn paths nor presents on any of the stones. James Pardoe’s stone was bound to be a little jaded as it had endured over 120 winters. The soldier buried here fought in and survived the Battle of Balaclava in the Crimean War.
Have you hear of the disastrous Charge of the Light Brigade (the British charged a well defended Russian position suffering heavy casualties with no gains?) This soldier died in the battle which preceded it - The Charge of the Heavy Brigade. In the battle 800 British heavy cavalry charged at 3,000 Russian soldiers - talk about being outnumbered?
James Pardoe died aged 69, a good run for that era. He was worthy of a salute.