O is for James O’Malley

I wasn’t exactly spoiled for choice for Os. I chose O’Malley because his book gave me a chance to lament the regrettable transparency of the internet. As you can see his book was published in Canada. I’d guess his sales in the United Kingdom amounted to precisely none. Back in the old days, before theContinue reading “O is for James O’Malley”

N is for Captain Nolan

Louis Edward Nolan (1818-1854) is now notorious as the man who sent The Light Brigade to its doom at Balaclava. He was the son of Babington Nolan, an officer of the 70th Foot, and was born in Canada where the 70th was then serving, but lived in Italy from 1829 when his father found heContinue reading “N is for Captain Nolan”

D is for Frances Isabella Duberly

Fanny Duberly (1829-1902), here seen in one of Roger Fenton’s photographs, went to the Crimea with her husband, Captain Henry Duberly, paymaster of the 8th Hussars. She wasn’t the only officer’s wife in the Crimea. Nor is it at all likely that she was the only officer’s wife to keep a diary. But she wasContinue reading “D is for Frances Isabella Duberly”