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Pictured: The Charge of the Heavy Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava<br />
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The incredible heroics of a Charge of the Heavy Brigade soldier who had three horses killed from underneath him but kept on fighting can be revealed after his medals sold for over £5,000.<br />
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Troop Sergeant-Major William Stewart was leading the assault on the Russian lines at the Battle of Balaclava when his horse was shot.<br />
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Undeterred, he mounted another horse whose rider had been killed but almost immediately a shell exploded underneath them.<br />
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Miraculously, Stewart was left 'without a scratch' so he hopped on another loose horse to fight on. When this one was shot with a cannonball he found a fourth horse which survived the bloodbath on October 25, 1854.<br />
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The Charge of the Heavy Brigade saw a force of 800 British cavalry route a force of 3,000 Russian light horsemen in just eight minutes. His campaign medals, including the Medaille Militaire, were sold with London auctioneers Spink & Son.