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New home for Light Brigade bugle

Light Brigade bugle
The bugle which sounded the charge of the Light Brigade

The bugle which sounded the disastrous charge of the Light Brigade is to be moved to a new home as a regimental museum changes its base.

The Queen's Royal Lancers Regimental Museum had been based at Belvoir Castle in Leicestershire, but when the lease ran out a new base was needed.

Now the museum is hoping to move to Thoresby Park in Nottinghamshire.

The copper bugle was blown by Trumpeter Billy Brittain to sound the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854.

He was seriously wounded and taken to Scutari Hospital where he was nursed by Florence Nightingale, but died of his wounds.

Desperate search

The charge was the most famous battle of the Crimean War, fought against Russia on the shores of the Black Sea.

Almost 700 cavalry sustained 40% casualties when they mistakenly charged artillery positions head on. It later became a byword for both military incompetence and imperial bravery.

The bugle was auctioned at Sotheby's in 1964, bought by the actor Laurence Harvey, who was hoping to star in a film of the charge, and presented to the museum live on the Ed Sullivan show.

Museum curator Cpt Mick Holtby said they were keen to get into their new base.

He said: "We were desperately searching for another venue, as people will know we had been at Belvoir Castle for many years.

"We are your county cavalry regiment, so we've long recruited in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

"We're not going to be far away when we go across the border to north Nottinghamshire."



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