Did Officers regularly use Rifles in Action in the Crimea?

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Did Officers regularly use Rifles in Action in the Crimea?

Postby researchingreg » 10 Jun 2016 20:47

I have seen an extract from an Infantry Officer's Letter written in Jan 1855 mentioning he sniped at the Russians during the Trench Warfare at Sevastapol using a Minie Rifle was this normal practice?
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Re: Did Officers regularly use Rifles in Action in the Crime

Postby rd72 » 11 Jun 2016 03:12

Was that officer Gerald Goodlake?
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Re: Did Officers regularly use Rifles in Action in the Crime

Postby researchingreg » 11 Jun 2016 13:18

rd72 wrote:Was that officer Gerald Goodlake?

No it was Edward Herman Marsh of the 34th Regiment of Foot who was in the trenches alongside elements of the 19th and 23rd Regiments of Foot in Jan 1855 at Savastapol
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Re: Did Officers regularly use Rifles in Action in the Crime

Postby rd72 » 17 Jun 2016 03:52

The only reason that I asked about Goodlake was he was instrumental in forming a grouping of "sharpshooters" in the Guards' Brigade and led them in action.

Though without reference, bored officers with their men in the saps, perhaps with a task of sharpshooting at the defences of Sebastopol, day in and day out, might have been excused to "have a go"... Generally speaking, they (officers), would not have had a personal rifle and I might imagine that they would have used those of their men. As to isolated examples of officers who chose to arm themselves as their men, I can't say they didn't but I might presume that it would have been very much the exception.

Would be interested in other examples that might shoot my theory full of holes... :-)
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Re: Did Officers regularly use Rifles in Action in the Crime

Postby researchingreg » 17 Jun 2016 10:23

I would be interested in the Guards Brigade sharp shooters. Were any of the other ranks (sharp shooters) named by Gerald Goodlake as my Great Great Grandfather was a Private in the 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards in the Crimea, and I do not have much information about his war service other than information on the medal rolls.
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Re: Did Officers regularly use Rifles in Action in the Crime

Postby rd72 » 17 Jun 2016 16:51

For more reading on Goodlake, try "Sharpshooter in the Crimea" by Michael Springman. Based around Goodlake's letters home.
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Re: Did Officers regularly use Rifles in Action in the Crime

Postby Will Mathieson » 17 Jun 2016 17:37

Rob looks like a wonderful book. Must get a copy.

https://www.amazon.com/Sharpshooter-Cri ... entries*=0
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Re: Did Officers regularly use Rifles in Action in the Crime

Postby A.Roads » 18 Jun 2016 13:02

my Great Great Grandfather was a Private in the 3rd Bn Grenadier Guards in the Crimea

Very few rank & file are named but it is a good read & you might also want to look at "The Guards Brigade in the Crimea" by the same author.
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