'Rally the Greys!'


A depiction, painted in 1895 by Allan Stewart, of the incident during the Charge of the Heavy Brigade when the Greys, in danger of becoming dispersed in the melee, were rallied by the adjutant, Lieutenant William Miller - the bearded figure with sword held aloft in the centre of the picture. The uniforms are well observed although the lack of white leather gauntlets is puzzling. This was a feature of Greys uniform since c1830, and through into the 20th century. They feature in every other painting of this subject and would certainly have given the officers and men better protection from hand and wrist injuries. The painting was presented to the Scots Greys by J K Stuart OBE in 1927.


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by Stephen Luscombe