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Prince Edward Saxe-Weimar

Prince Edward joined the Army aged 17 and on the eve of the Crimean War was a 30-year old Company Commander with 3rd Battalion Grenadier Guards. He had never been in action. Throughout the campaign, he was in the thick of the front line fighting, even at Inkerman where he modestly claimed that ‘I was not in the thick of it’.
Outgunned and outnumbered by the Russians for most of the time, ravaged by sickness and hampered by an outmoded command and administration still stuck in a Napoleonic Wars mindset, the British Army nevertheless distinguished itself in its resilience, determination and toughness in bloody hand to hand fighting. A courageous and dedicated officer, Prince Edward was much loved by his men and fellow officers1. Despite being a cousin of the Queen, he shared the same dangers and discomforts as the rest of his Regiment and his decision to remain on in the Crimea as an A.D.C. to Lord Raglan demonstrated his commitment to soldiering alongside his Battalion.