So popular was the militia idea in the wake of Canadian enthusiasm for the spectacle of the Crimean war that recruiting far outstripped demand and helped convince the government that universal military service (or conscription) was unnecessary to sustain the defence of Canada. While no Canadian units fought in the Crimean War, individuals did enlist and reach the battlefront. In fact, the first Canadian to win the VICTORIA CROSS, Lieutenant Alexander DUNN of the 11th Hussars, gained this coveted honour for his participation in the ill-fated charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava on 25 October 1854, certainly the most famous single action of the war.
Author WESLEY K. WARK
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