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MYTHS AND LEGENDS IN THE GASH FAMILY
Part of the Jackson Family History Research
The first story I knew about was that my Great Grandfather, William Gash had been a soldier in the 17th Lancers and just missed the Charge of the Light Brigade because he broke his leg on the eve of the battle and was nursed back to health by Florence Nightingale.
In all family history stories there is an element of truth in them; well, William did go to the Crimea, but he was not there when the infamous charge took place. The date of the charge was 25th October 1854 and according to William's discharge papers he enlisted at Chichester on 11th December 1854 - after the charge!
However, William did go to the Crimea with the 17th Lancers. He took part in the Siege of Sevastopol and received the Crimea medal with the clasp for Sevastopol and the Turkish Medal. More information about his 17th Lancers career can be found on the Genealogy page of these web pages where you will see that he did have a spell in St George's hospital, but I have not yet discovered if this was the St George's hospital in London or elsewhere.
The next story told within the family was that William's mother, Elizabeth Gash nee Graves was a close relative of the Sheffield benefactor, Alderman John George Graves.
J. G. Graves, as he was known, did originate in Lincolnshire, he was born in Horncastle, but to date, I have not found any records proving a connection to Elizabeth. More on this on Elizabeth Gash's family page where her descendant Marcus Thornton is also investigating this story.
That we were related to Catherine Mumford, wife of the founder of the Salvation Army, Charles Booth. (more information soon)
Great Great Grandfather David Gash lost a leg a Waterloo.
There's more! . . . . .To be continued ...
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12 May 2009