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Repository Cheshire Record Office
Level Collection (Fonds)
Reference DHB
Title Letters and Papers of Colonel Hugh Robert Hibbert (1828-1895) of Macclesfield, active in the Crimean War
Date 1805-1918
Description Crimean letters, most of which were addressed to Hibbert's mother, give graphic descriptions of active service conditions in the Crimea. The famous Crimean War historian, A. W. Kinglake incorporated some of Colonel Hibbert's reminiscences in his classic work The Invasion of the Crimea (1877) and Major General W. R. Baring Pemberton used some of the letters in the course of writing his Battles of the Crimean War (Batsford 1962).
Administrative History Colonel Hugh Robert Hibbert, DL, JP of Birtles Hall, Macclesfield served with the 7th Royal Fusiliers in the Crimean Expeditionary Force from embarkation in April 1854 until the Second Assault on the Redan at Sebastopol in September 1855 when he was severely wounded and sent home. Having first entered the Army in 1847 as an Ensign in hte 39th Foot, he was commissioned Lieutenant in the 7th Royal Fusiliers in 1850 and served continuously with that Regiment until his retirement in 1871 as Colonel commanding the First Battalion, 1864-1871. During the Crimean War he was actively engaged in the Battles of the Alma and Inkerman and at the Siege of Sebastopol, being twice wounded. In 1858 he took part in military operations in suppression of the Indian Mutiny and subsequently served for several years in India.
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