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PostSubject: Quartermaster Major. John Berryman   Sun Nov 08, 2009 12:04 am

At age 29, John Berryman, Troop Sergeant-Major, 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge's Own) British Army was awarded Victoria's Cross for his actions in during the "Charge of the Light Brigade".
On 25 October 1854 at Balaclava, Crimea, 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, J. Farrell and J. Malone, came to his assistance and between them they carried the wounded officer out of range of the guns. He also saw service in the Angla Zulu War of 1879 as a Quartermaster Major and retired at that rank.
John Berryman was born in Dudley, Worcestershire on July 18, 1825, died at Woldingham on June 27, 1896. He is buried at St. Agatha's Church Yard, Woldingham.
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PostSubject: Re: Quartermaster Major. John Berryman   Sun Nov 08, 2009 7:17 pm

He served with the regiment throughout its operations in the campaign. He was also present at the Battle of Ulundi. On the 25th October 1854, as a Troop-Sergeant-Major in the Crimean War he was at the Charge of Balaklava. In that campaign he earned the Victoria Cross.

He and Paymaster Captain John Brown, are the only two members of the 17th Lancers who went through Balaclava, Central India and South Africa. He was made Quartermaster of the 17th Lancers during 1865, until being relieved in 1881 by Douglas Shawe.

Date of Birth - 28th July 1825
The date of his First Appointment was 12th April 1864 as Quarter-Master (with Honorary rank of Major). He retired from the 5th Lancers with the same rank on28th July 1883.
Crimean Campaign, 1854-56 - Battles of Alma, Balaklava and Inkerman, and siege and fall of Sevastopol. Medal with 4 Clasps. Turkish Medal, and Victoria Cross

He was born in Dudley, Worcestershire on 18th July 1825 and he died in Woldingham, (a few miles south of Biggin Hill) Surrey on 27th June 1896. There is a Memorial to him in St Agatha’s Churchyard, Woldingham, Surrey.

See: Pictorial catalogue of AZW graves for grave details
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PostSubject: Re: Quartermaster Major. John Berryman   Sun Nov 08, 2009 9:54 pm

I really cannot believe the speed in which you come up with the information on these chaps along with the photos of their graves. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Quartermaster Major. John Berryman   Mon Nov 09, 2009 6:28 pm

Hi Mr Greaves

The reason I can be quick, is that the person mentioned is in my database. I have been collecting any info of these chaps for the last 20 years. I also used to go and photograph their graves but time and money puts a hold on grave hunting for now. :lol!:

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PostSubject: Re: Quartermaster Major. John Berryman   Mon Nov 09, 2009 7:34 pm

Its called dedication and its certainly looks like is paying off.
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