13th Light Dragoons
A Sheppey man
survivor of The Charge of the Light Brigade.
Born November 17th
Grave Location Halfway Cemetary site 83FF
Lord Cardigan formed his ten squadrons in two lines numbering from the right the 13th Light Dragoons , the 17th Lancers, and the 11th Hussars, in the second , the 8th Hussars and the 4th Light Dragoons .
The signal was given and into the
The Brigade went over the brow of the hill at a trot . At once they came under the fire of the guns on the Fedonkine heights . On went the Brigade . In the race of Death they had to run the course which was more than a mile long .After the heroic charge Lord Cardigan rode up to the front and said “ Men, this is a great blunder ; but it is no fault of mine “ And the men cheered and replied “ Never mind my Lord we are ready to go back again “
Of the 670 who rode into the
It was as a mere boy that Mr. Peake first became imbued with the desire to join the Army , he was then about 18 years of age .
He was the possessor of two medals .one in connection with
He left two sons and two daughters.
He was buried with full Military Honours , the gun carriage drawn by four fine animals , the firing party consisted of 20 strong formed up in single file on either side of his house and presently the bearers came forth carrying their sad burden shoulder high to the gun carriage .The band of the Royal Navy Gunnery School Sheerness was now playing The Dead March by Saul and the sympathetic beat of the muffled drums combined with the softened notes of the cornets at once touched one’s emotions .In most cases all house blinds were drawn on the route . The final incident in connection with the funeral was a touching one … It consisted of the firing of three volleys over the grave by the firing party and between each volley two buglers played “ The Last Post “ and that well known hymn “Now the labourers task is o’er “
Many years ago whilst compiling my Family Tree , part of the process was to search all hard copies of the old Sheerness Times/Guardian kept in the Sheerness Library and extract all references to “ PENNEY and RELATIONS “ I had just started and thought that I would also extract anything else that may be of use to Family Historians having had a lot of help from other people..
For example I noticed a yearly meeting of the survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade and of course the number attending each year was less and less but I thought this may be of interest to some one some day so I copied these also.
For example , the matinee performance of The
In 1979 I wrote to
Francis K Horton who was compiling a list of the Survivors of the Charge and he
was delighted to receive my letter as the information that he had was F T Peake was buried at Thornton
He lived at
I also located for Francis the memorial to Lewis Edward Nolan another survivor ,who was the first to be killed at the head of the Brigade charge , this is in what was The Holy Trinity Church Maidstone , and is now a general meeting place, near the multi storey car park.
There is also a memorial to William Harris of the 8th
Hussars in the churchyard of Harrietsham , he survived the Charge and four
months later died of cholera at Sailasi in
Many survivors graves have also turned up in
As Francis was working on his book he asked me to pin point the exact location of the grave so I went to the Halfway Cemetary and in the potting shed , among all the flower pots plants and dirt ,in one of the drawers of the bench were the 4 books containing all the burials from 1850 to 1950. ( I photocopied these four books and put them on my web page http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~penney/ should these books be destroyed or lost )
I located F.T.Peakes burial site which was a mass of ivy , these I cleared away and there was a broken column on the floor , crossed swords and a shako , (the hat.) I spent all day cleaning the memorial of ivy and years of accumulated lichen and replacing the broken column , I then took photographs which were sent on to Francis together with the detailed directions on how to reach the grave from the Cemetary entrance He was very pleased and he said they would be in his book , a private edition called “ One Hussar “ on the Survivors of the Charge
By 1979 he had located 190 headstones and had approximately another 200 to find with good leads on 80 to 100 of these. He also corresponded with 40 separate descendants of survivors
In 1892 I wrote to Francis because a member of the Kent Family History Society owned a diary of a soldier written up to the night before the “ Charge “. And he was allowed access to it , he was delighted.
Francis Horton has given his lecture on The Survivors of the
Charge of the Light Brigade to
He always starts his talks by blowing the “Charge “ on the bugle that was actually used
on that fateful day. Very eerie . In the reading room of the
He treasured the uniform which he wore in the Famous Charge the sleeve of which was perforated by the bullet which wounded his arm and would wear it at Benevolent Concerts in aid of charitable events when he would recite Tennyson poem ” Into the Valley of Death “
In January 1907 The Town held a meeting to suggest a
suitable public Memorial to him as he had resided in Sheerness for a very
considerable portion of his life .The
Rev. Noblet said that Mr. Peake
was always straight forward, upright and most civil and obliging as a
civilian.. .Mr. Peake was willing to do all he could to help anyone in
distress . He had dared to die and never liked to speak about himself and the
Charge of the Light Brigade. When one spoke to
A headstone of such a soldier should never be allowed to become hidden again .It should be proudly shown and maintained
SOME CRIMEAN VETERANS FROM SHEPPEY
J.S OUTHERN J TROTTER W.WALSH G.BLACKMORE
J.BENTLEY BOWDER J.BROTHERS J.EASTCOTT G.LANCASTER R.LEDDEN
VARIOUS OTHER VETERANS FROM SHEPPEY
of Battle BALACLAVA LAWTON of Battle WATERLOO
of TRAFALGAR Battle
J.MOORE INDIAN MUTINY
POVER DR.LIVINGSTONE’s EXPEDITION
H.STRONG POLAR EXPEDITION
I.STUBBERFIELD ARTIC EXPLORER
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