James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan

British Crimean War officer (1797–1868) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Lieutenant-General James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, KCB (16 October 1797 – 28 March 1868), styled as Lord Cardigan, was an officer in the British Army who commanded the Light Brigade during the Crimean War, leading its charge at the Battle of Balaclava.[2]

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The Earl of Cardigan
Lieutenant General James Thomas Brudenell,
7th Earl of Cardigan
Nickname(s)Jim the Bear[1]
Born(1797-10-16)16 October 1797
Hambleden, Buckinghamshire, England
Died28 March 1868(1868-03-28) (aged 70)
Deene Park, Northamptonshire, England
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1824–1866
RankLieutenant-General
Unit
Commands heldLight Cavalry Brigade
Battles/warsCrimean War
Awards
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Throughout his life in politics and his long military career, he characterised the arrogant and extravagant aristocrat of the period. His progression through the Army was marked by many episodes of extraordinary incompetence, but also by generosity to the men under his command and genuine bravery. As a member of the landed aristocracy, he had actively and steadfastly opposed any political reform in Britain, but in the last year of his life, he relented and came to acknowledge that such reform would bring benefit to all classes of society.