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Pictured: Captain Thomas Johnson<br />
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The medals of a miraculous survivor of the doomed Charge of the Light Brigade have emerged for sale for £12,000.<br />
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Captain Thomas Johnson, of the 13th Hussars, was one of the 600 men who rode into the 'Valley of Death' in the near-suicidal action immortalised in Alfred Tennyson's famous poem.<br />
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He had a horse killed underneath him and a lance thrust through his shoe case but kept on fighting, somehow escaping 'without a scratch'.<br />
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Capt Johnson wrote a harrowing account of the battle to his brother afterwards describing how the 'splendid Light Brigade was reduced to almost nothing'.<br />
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His medals, including those awarded to him by the French for his heroics during the Crimea campaign, are going under the hammer with London-based auctioneers Dix Noonan Webb.