John Penn

John Penn was one of the survivors of the Charge of the Light Brigade of 1854. The veterans of the Crimea were allowed to keep their beards. They wore them with pride and must have seemed awesome to the relatively clean shaven new recruits. He displays five campaign medals on his new uniform. The old uniforms were not only proved to be impracticable but also worn out. The new tunic that he wears is looser and longer than the waist length jacket he froze in outside Sebastopol. On his head he wears an undress cap that is quite shapeless compared with the pill-box forage cap that came 15 or 20 years later.

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by Stephen Luscombe