1871 pattern brass 4th Dragoon Guards trooper helmet. The 4th Royal Irish Dragoon Guards, affectionately known as the "Mounted Micks," saw action with the heavy brigade in the Crimea, participating in the charge at Balaclava in 1854. Later they fought under Lord Wolseley at the Battle of Tel el-Kebir.
Battle of Balaclava--The Charge of the Heavy Brigade: the Royal Scots Greys attack the Russian cavalry. the Grey's 2nd Squadron was led in the charge by Captain Samuel Toosey Williams. Captain Williams died in Scutari on 25th November 1854 of exhaustion and exposure suffered in the period around the battle and the Great Storm of 15th November 1854. A memorial to this officer can be seen in the tiny church of Buscot, Oxfordshire where his parents lived.
Lieutenant General James Thomas Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, KCB, was an officer in the British Army who commanded the Light Brigade during the Crimean War. He led the Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava