John Berryman (VC)

John Berryman (VC)

John Berryman (July 18, 1825June 27, 1896) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.


Born in Dudley, England, he was 29 years old, and a Troop Sergeant-Major in the 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 25 October 1854 at Balaclava, Crimea, ("see" Charge of the Light Brigade) Troop Sergeant-Major Berryman, whose horse had been shot under him, stopped on the field with a wounded officer amidst a storm of shot and shell. Two sergeants (John Farrell and Joseph Malone) came to his assistance and between them they carried the wounded officer out of range of the guns.

Further information

He later achieved the rank of Major and transferred to the 5th Lancers in 1880.

He died at Woldingham, Surrey

External links

* [ Location of grave and VC medal] "(Surrey)"

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