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Nearly 23,000 British soldiers and sailors died in the Crimean War of 1854-6, among them some of the greatest heroes in our history. In the environs of Sevastopol, Ukraine, lie the remains of men who fought at the Alma, stood in the Thin Red Line, charged with the Light Brigade, and suffered the full horror of trench warfare sixty years before the First World War.
They have no enduring memorial. The present construction is derelict, and while our Embassy at Kyiv is fighting to create another round the obelisk at nearby Dergachi, they are wholly dependent on public donations to complete this work.
Please help us to help them do it.
Visit the Appeal's site at to find out more, donate, and (if you are a UK taxpayer) fill out a Gift Aid form.
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Crimean War Research Society
The CWRS is a charity. It has two main aims. Firstly, to honour and remember those that fell in the war. Secondly, to study the war in its entirety: to educate about the war; to preserve and promote the availability of contemporary documents; to preserve and publish personal histories and diaries; to record memorials, monuments and relics, and through our journal, The War Correspondent, to provide a medium for the publication of original research, analysis and comment about all aspects of the conflict.
From mainstream topics like the deaths from disease in the Crimea and the naval confrontation in the Baltic to little–known aspects of the war such as the British Army's refusal to deploy poison gas at Sevastopol, and the naval actions in the Pacific and White Sea. Scaling the Heights of the Alma; The Charge of the Light Brigade; Inkerman – the Soldier's Battle; Florence Nightingale; the Fall of Sevastopol; the incompetence of those in command; the endurance of the ordinary soldier; the Great Storm; the political wrangles in Constantinople, Vienna, Paris and London; the newspaper reporting and the new-fangled telegraph; the uniforms and the arms; the soldiers, sailors, camp-followers, spectators, businessmen and politicians; the effect on the military, industry and the man in the street; all of these and more are examined by the Crimean War Research Society.
The CWRS has members, both professional and amateur historians, who have done much research into particular subjects: the Heavy Brigade; the battle of Sinope; the fighting in the Danubian states; what happended at Hangö; the Russian nurses in Sevastopol; advances in steam technology; the British Commissariat; “infernal machines”; the siege of Kars and the fighting in the Transcaucasus; the lives of the generals and admirals; the foreign legions; the effect of the war on the Ottoman Empire and society; family history and the later lives of survivors; death rates from tuberculosis among those who served with the naval brigade; Mary Jane Seacole; the Victoria Cross… to name just a few!
The Crimean 'Info-net'
Membership of the Society gives you access to hundreds of other researchers and students of the period; each with their own specialist interests and knowledge.  Many are keen to assist in the researches of others, knowing that it might soon be their turn to be faced with an apparently insoluble problem.  The Society is proud to number many leading historians amongst its members, and to publish their articles in the War Correspondent... When you have joined the Society we hope you will also sign up for our online Members' Area to take advantage of our database of special interests, help offered and quick look-up of other members.  There are two 'blogs' you can follow as well: one for updates to this site, and one for forthcoming events, both available from the lefthand navigation column.
Consolidated 'Crimean War' alerts feed – A filtered mashed-up feed of multiple Crimean War related stories. Quite a lot of nonsense, but scrolling will reveal some gems! To get the RSS feed, click this button:  

The 'Online Books Page':
The Online Books Page This is an extremely useful quick reference and index of all Crimean War related freely available books online. We can do no better than quote their 'About Us' page:
The Online Books Page is a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet. It also aims to encourage the development of such online books, for the benefit and edification of all.
The Online Books Page was founded, and is edited, by John Mark Ockerbloom, He is a digital library planner and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. He is solely responsible for the content of the site. The site is hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, who provide the server, disk space, and network bandwidth for the site. They also employ the editor, and support him in his various digital library activities (of which this is but one). The online books listed on this page have been authored, placed online, and hosted, by a wide variety of individuals and groups throughout the world (and throughout history!).
Where it started The Online Books Page originally was founded in 1993 by the current editor, while he was a student at Carnegie Mellon University. He maintained it there until summer 1999, with Web space and computing resources provided by the School of Computer Science. In 1999, it moved to its present location at Penn.

MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE: subscriptions for 2014/15 are now due and should be paid before April. Thank you!

Two NEW global subscriptions now available: STANDARD DIGITAL (£20 p.a.) and STUDENT DISCOUNT DIGITAL (£10 p.a.). Both new sub rates get The War Corresponent as a PDF download rather than a hardcopy print magazine, allowing us to cut out all postage costs!

New shop
for the back catalogue of The War Correspondent still in stock. Check it out!

Play The Kerry Recruit As with all wars, the Crimean War produced many a good tune! Click here to play one of our favourites! (The Kerry Recruit)
And here's a Cossack song from 1854 at Youtube...
(Thanks to member Hamish Kirk for the link)

The War Correspondent
Our illustrated journal, The War Correspondent, is published four times a year, and contains the results of recent researches by our members, many of whom are internationally-respected professional historians. There is now a searchable index of the complete run of the journal and more and more back issues are being made available at
If you would like to advertise, please see our Advertising Rates page and then contact the Editor or Publicity & Publications.

Affiliate scheme
We have entered into an affiliate scheme with the online bookshop Pen & Sword. To earn the CWRS a commission on each book sale, please click through from the link on our page to the item in their shop and purchase from them... Help the Society!

The Society produces a range of publications of interest to those researching the war: including copies of contemporary maps; info sheets on the contents of regimental museums; bibliographies; medal rolls & guides, and booklets written by members. Most of the catalogue, including back issues of The War Correspondent, is being moved to our online shop at
Please follow our Updates Blog to be first to know what has been moved. For links to our publications for sale at Lulu and full details of all Society publications, and how to get those that are not available online, see our Special Publications page.

Gift Subscriptions! Stuck for a gift for a loved one or friend? What about a CWRS subscription? See the Special Publications page for more details...
Letters of Capt. G. Paynter, 1 KDG  
[Can you help identify this quilt…?]

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