James Brudenell (1797-1868), the seventh Earl of Cardigan, sole heir to a fortune and famous English name, led the doomed Charge of the Light Brigade (captured in Tennyson's poem) at Balaclava during the Crimean War (1853-6).
He was known as a brave military leader who had purchased for £40,000 a lieutenant-colonelcy in the 11th Light Dragoons.
It was apparently during his service in the Crimea that the cardigan sweater was named after him. Cardigan's troops were said to be the most precisely drilled and splendidly dressed of British soldiers.
Our Crimean War cover is signed by his direct descendent, the current Earl of Cardigan.