Captain George Henry Lamb
49th (The Princess Charlotte of Wales’s or the Hertfordshire) Regt. Of Foot
Ensign: 15th December, 1848
Lieutenant: 20th January, 1851.
Captain: 29th December, 1854.
Medals: Crimean & Clasp: Inkerman & Sevastopol.
Knight of the Legion of Honour*.
5th Class Turkish Order of the Medjidie.
*The Légion d’Honneur was awarded to 746 members of the British Armed Forces during the Crimean War (also known as the Russian War) which lasted from 1854 to 1856. One of the recipients was Captain George Henry Lamb, of the 49th Regiment.
Harts List 1857: Captain Lamb served in the Eastern Campaign of 1854-1856, including the Battle of Inkerman and the siege of Sevastopol. The 49th Regt of Foot, formed part of the 2nd Division, under General, Sir George de Lacy Evans.
Sortie on 26th October, and capture of the rifle Pitts on the 19th April, 1855.
Two assaults of the Redan on 15th June, 1855 and on the 8th September, 1855.
1854: Lieutenant George Henry Lamb embarked to the Crimea.
13th June: Scutari Battalions were reorganised in to eight service and four Depot Companies.
19th June: The service companies embarked at Scutari (situated close to Istanbul) and landed
at Varna in Bulgaria on the 21st June.
14th September: The 49th Regt of Foot, landed in Crimea, commenced disembarkation and
bivouacked at Touzla.
19th September: Marched south towards Sevastopol, bivouacked by the River Bulgansk.
20th September: Arrived at the Alma where the major battle of Alma took place.
24th September: The march to Sevastopol resumed.
26th September: The 49th Regt of Foot reached Balaklava.
28th September: They reached Sevastopol and took up position to the left of the city.
25th October: The Crimea battle of Inkerman took place. The 49th were deployed on the
Heights of Inkerman.
5th November: The Battle of Inkerman took place. After the battle, the 49th returned to duties
of the siege.
5th May: There was sortie by the Russians, against the 49th ,who were dug in to the trenches.
7th June: The 49th were part of a successful assault against the Quarries.
15th June: The 49th supported an attack on the Redan.
8th September: The 49th supported a second attack on the Redan.
16th October: The 55th Regiment was authorised to bear the Battle Honours Alma, Inkerman
1856: The 49th Regt of Foot, remained in the Crimea, for another winter and spring.
In June, 1856, 49th Regt of Foot, embarked for home, arriving in Portsmouth, in earl July. On 15th July, they arrived in Aldershot, Surrey.
Captain George Henry Lamb, sold his Commission in 1856 and moved to York. There, he became Captain of the 2nd West York Light Infantry. He served in the Militia from 1857 to 1863. From Yorkshire, he moved South and retired in Dorset. He died on 1st November, 1903, aged seventy three years old. He was buried at St Peter’s church in the village of Headley in Hampshire. His ornate headstone reads:
“In memory of George Henry Lamb Esq. of Knightsbridge House in this parish. Knight of the Legion of Honour and Late Captain H.M. 49th Regt of Foot Bath Royal Berkshire Regt. with which he served in the Eastern Campaign 1854-1855 including the Battle of Inkerman the two Assaults on Redan, capture of Rifle Pitts, Siege of Sevastopol for which he received the Turkish order of the Medjidie 5th class and Crimean and the Turkish Medals. Died November 1st 1903 Aged 74”.
His wife is buried next to him.