Battle of Inkerman

Remember, remember the 5th of November …

Not because of “the last man to enter Parliament with honest intentions”1Attributed to James Sharpe in Wikipedia. Available online at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guy_Fawkes#:~:text=James%20Sharpe%2C%20professor%20of%20history,enter%20Parliament%20with%20honest%20intentions%22. [Accessed 5 Nov. 2021]., but because it is also the anniversary of the Battle of Inkerman in 1854 when the allied armies of Britain and France defeated the Imperial Russian Army during the Crimean war. 635 British soldiers, 175 French and 3,286 Russians were killed2Wikipedia – Battle of Inkerman. Available online at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Inkerman#Aftermath [Accessed 5 Nov. 2021].. Nineteen Victoria Crosses were awarded3Wikipedia – List of Crimean War Victoria Cross recipients. Available online at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Crimean_War_Victoria_Cross_recipients [Accessed 5 Nov. 2021]..

One of those killed was Major Heneage Wynne, who had inherited the manor of Stokesley from his uncle just a few days previously4British-history.ac.uk. (2021). Parishes: Stokesley | British History Online. [online] Available at: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/yorks/north/vol2/pp301-308#anchorn94 [Accessed 5 Nov. 2021].. It is said that he had learnt of his inheritance the day before he was killed5Tyerman, D.W. “The Inkerman Free Gift”. Page 34. Bilsdale Study Group. 2001.. The estate passed to his father, Charles Wynne Griffith Wynne6British-history.ac.uk. (2021). Parishes: Stokesley | British History Online. [online] Available at: https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/yorks/north/vol2/pp301-308#anchorn95 [Accessed 5 Nov. 2021]..

In today’s featured image, taken from Easby Moor, Stokesley can be seen far left of the pair of old gate posts.

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