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8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars

Cropped album page with Carte-de-Visite size albumen print

The Earl of Lucan

George Charles Bingham, 3rd Earl of Lucan was in charge of the Cavalry Division in the Crimea. He's specifically famous (infamous ?) for his controversial role in the "Charge of the Light Brigade", immortalized by Alfred Tennyson. There's plenty online documentation about those events - so I won't trouble you with yet another theory.

The legend says "Crimea 1854", but it is more than likely that this photograph is way posterior to the war. As a matter of fact the Earl of Lucan was made Colonel of the 8th Hussars on the 17/11/1855.
Furthermore he's wearing the 1857 simplified pattern of the Hussar jacket.

Note how the pouch belt of the 8th Hussars did not sport any chains and pickers on the front.

It is to be noted that the 8th was part of the charging "Light Brigade" ; the fact that Lucan was made Colonel of that regiment is not uninteresting given the Charge polemics !