The only volunteer outwitted Shipka’s death

Hundreds of Russian soldiers and Bulgarian volunteers, immortalized on several plaques in the Church of the Nativity near Shipka. The only survivor among them is him

Lalio Grigorov is the only volunteer immortalized on a memorial plaque during his lifetime.

This is no ordinary story. And from those who grab their throats. A story of memory and oblivion. For Lalio Grigorov – the volunteer who outwitted death.

A rebel by birth, Lalio Grigorov often travels to Wallachia. In Braila he met the detachment of Hristo Botev and made plans to become part of it.

Fate decides otherwise – the guerrillas get on Radetsky, and Lalio is comforted that he made their hats.

A year later he left for Ploiesti and enlisted in the First Volunteer Company. He returns home as part of Gurko’s troops.

“It is difficult to say who was the biggest enemy of Shipka’s defenders – whether the Turkish bullets or the heat. 276 people died just to pour water from the Kokalana fountain, north of the Eagle’s Nest,” Kancho Mihov, a relative of the volunteer, told BNT. Lalio Grigorov.

Lalio is about to be among them. He miraculously survived a Turkish attack. Unlike his two companions. This is how the memories of the volunteer, told by his relative Kancho Mihov, sound. For years, the heir has been searching for information about his grandfather’s uncle.

“When the fighting is over and they start checking who is still alive and who – killed – they are looking for Lalio Grigorov, no one knows where he is and they say he was killed,” Kancho Mihov recalls.

That is why his name to this day is among the names of the heroes who paid with their lives for the freedom of Bulgaria.

Hundreds of Russian soldiers and Bulgarian volunteers, immortalized on several plaques in the Church of the Nativity near Shipka. The only survivor among them is him.

Lalio Grigorov is written on a plaque – on the tenth line at the end, according to the Russian interpretation of the names is Lazar Grigoriev – of all these he has survived and has outgrown his monument!

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