Sergeant John Farrell VC, 17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge’s Own)

10th July 2020

John Farrell Born on in March 1826 at Dublin. He enlisted 17th Lancers 1842.
Farrell rode in the Charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava 25.10.1854. His horse was killed.
He Was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry at Balaclava.
The citation stated “For having remained, amidst a shower of shot and shell, with Captain Webb, who was severely wounded and whom he and Sergeant Berryman had carried as far as the pain of his wounds would allow, until a stretcher was procured, when he assisted Berryman and a Private of the 13th Dragoons [Malone] to carry that officer off the field”.
London Gazetted on 20th November 1857.
He was promoted to Troop Sergeant Major 2.5.1856, and later promoted to Quartermaster Sergeant.
He died on 31st August 1865 at Secunderabad, India, and is buried in an unmarked grave in Secunderabad Cemetery.
Medals & clasps:
Victoria Cross, Crimea (clasps Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, Sebastopol).