Captain Robert James Lindsay VC

At the Battle of the Alma, Captain Lindsay, aged 22, with other officers, rallied the men round the Colours and fought off an overwhelming force of Russians. Again, at the Battle of Inkerman he led a small group of men against a large party of Russians, driving them back and killing one of them himself.

He was born in Balcarres, Fife on 17th April 1832. For his actions in the Crimean War he received the VC and the Legion d'Honneur. He reached the rank of Brigadier General and was later created Lord Wantage. He was a founder member of the British Red Cross Society. His appointments included Lieutenant-Colonel Commandant of the Honourable Artillery Company from 1866 to 1881, and Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire in 1886 (Picture shows him in Lord Lieutenant's uniform). At some stage he changed his name to Loyd-Lindsay. He died at Lockinge, Berkshire on 10th June 1901.

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