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Annewiggy
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61 of 65  Tue 9th Jun 2020 3:41pm  
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The cannons, relics of The Crimean War, arrived at Coventry station on 25th January 1858, wreathed in laurels, accompanied by the Mayor, corporation, most of the local citizens and contingents of the 15th Hussars. The cannons were mounted on carriages drawn by 6 horses each. They were taken to the Barracks Square where after everyone had taken cover they were charged with gunpowder and touched off. One was placed in Greyfriars Green and the other in the Swanswell Recreation Ground. The one at the Swanswell was scrapped in 1940 and the Greyfriars Green one which was damaged in the war was scrapped in about 1948. Edited by member, 9th Jun 2020 3:44 pm
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Annewiggy
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62 of 65  Tue 9th Jun 2020 4:10pm  
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3Spires
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63 of 65  Wed 10th Jun 2020 2:08pm  
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It seems odd that the 15th Hussars attended - as a regiment I don't think they served in the Crimean War, although one of their officers was the notorious Louis Nolan - the bearer of the order which led to the Charge of the Light Brigade.
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Annewiggy
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64 of 65  Wed 10th Jun 2020 3:32pm  
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3 Spires, looking through other newspaper articles it seems that the 15th Hussars just happened to be "lying in the Barracks" at the time. The article also says that the guns were delivered to the railway station and left there for a time. They were then moved in the procession on the occasion of the marriage of the Princess Royal.
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65 of 65  Wed 10th Jun 2020 8:20pm  
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Thanks Annewiggy. That fits in with their having returned, in 1854, from 14 years service in India. The various "Hussar" regiments were rotated and deployed on a regular basis around the world, including UK duties. The 15th were also notorious for their role in the Peterloo Massacre (Manchester) in 1819.
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