Colonel Dunn VC

Alexander Robert Dunn took part in the Charge of the Light Brigade as an officer in the 11th Hussars. He was 6ft 3in tall so needed a large horse and an extra long sword which proved very effective against the Russians. He rescued Sgt Bently thus making him the only cavalry officer to win the VC that day. He sold out his commision at the end of the Crimean War but rejoined the Army in 1858 as a major in the 100th Foot. He exchanged into the 33rd in 1864 in which regiment he remained until his death in the Abyssinian War. He cuts a rather comical figure in his India pattern frock which was especially light, being unlined. His height must have caused problems when it came to finding jackets to fit him.


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