John Berryman (VC)

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John Berryman
Depiction of the Charge of the Light Brigade
Born 18 July 1825
Dudley, England
Died 27 June 1896 (aged 70)
Woldingham, Surrey
Buried at St Agatha's Churchyard, Woldingham
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Major
Unit 17th Lancers
5th Lancers
Battles/wars Crimean War
Anglo-Zulu War
Awards Victoria Cross

John Berryman (18 July 1825 – 27 June 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, Berriman 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.[1] [2]

Further information

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

He died at Woldingham, Surrey


  1. The London Gazette: no. 21971. p. 655. 24 February 1857. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  2. Brighton, Terry, Hell Riders: the Truth about the Charge of the Light Brigade. London: Penguin, 2005 ISBN 0-14-101831-3.

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