|SURNAME:||Pearson||FORENAMES:||William||BORN:||c1826 or 1829||AT:||Penrith Cumberland||OCCUPATION[S]:||Leather Draper||RELIGION/DENOMINATION:||.||FATHER:||.||MOTHER:||.||SIBLINGS:||.||OTHER RELATIONS:||.||NOTES:||.||1st REGIMENT NO:||.||2nd REGIMENT NO:||1353||ENLISTED:||19 02 1848 London aged 19 years||ATTESTED:||.||HEIGHT AT ENLISTMENT:||5' 7"||TROOP NO:||.||TROOP CAPTAIN:||.||RANK:|| 1848: Private
|PROMOTIONS:||.||REDUCTIONS:||.||DESERTIONS:||.||COURT MARTIALS:||.||GIVEN UP TO:||.||GOOD CONDUCT BADGES:||.||MEDALS:||.||EMBARKATIONS:||.||DISEMBARKATIONS:||.||CAMPAIGNS:||Crimea||OTHER DUTIES:||16 04 1855: To Scutari
Jun 1855: From Scutari to England
|TRANSFERRED FROM:||.||TRANSFERRED TO:||.||DISCHARGED TO OUT PENSION:||.||ADMITTED TO OUT PENSION:||16 10 1856 Carlisle||MEDICAL REASON:||.||PENSION DISTRICT:||1856: Carlisle
|NOTES:||.||POST DISCHARGE MILITARY SERVICE:||.||POST DISCHARGE OCCUPATION[S]:||.||NOTES:||Extract from the BBC's `A History of the World:'
'Charge of the Light Brigade' Survivor:
`This life-sized portrait photograph [above] by E Fowler Richards is of William Pearson of Penrith (1826-1909). Pearson was a survivor of the Crimean War and took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava on 25 October 1854. The photograph was commissioned in 1894 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 'Charge' and to honour Pearson who was then aged 68. It is framed with a smaller vignette of Pearson in uniform after discharge in 1855. During the 'Charge' Pearson had a hair's-breath escape from death and later suffered severe frostbite. He was nursed by Florence Nightingale at the hospital in Scutari where she pioneered modern nursing practices while caring for the wounded. Pearson served through the whole of the Crimean War and received a medal with clasps for Alma, Balaclava, Inkermann and Sebastopol, and the Turkish medal. The medals, photograph and other memorabilia are all on display in Penrith Museum.'
|DIED:||1909||BURIED:||.||WILL:||.||BENEFICIARY:||.||NEXT OF KIN:||.||PRIZE MONEY:||.||NOTES:||.||TNA SOURCES:||WO/12/655
|BL SOURCES:||.||OTHER SOURCES:||Honour the Light Brigade||LINKS:||http://www.bbc.co.uk/ahistoryoftheworld/objects/jRMvxGqURxet1TREqey01Q|
William Pearson, Crimean Letters
4th Light Dragoons Index