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VC18   John Farrell

BORN  March 1826

DIED   3 August 1865  AGE   39

VC Won  25 October 1854  AGE 28

Place VC Won  Balaclava, Crimea (Charge of the Light Brigade)

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   John Farrell   No.              

VC Issue No.   18   Awards   VC   

Regiment   17th (Duke of Cambridge's Own) Lancers

Later   Queen's Royal Lancers

Now   The Royal Lancers

Rank VC Won   Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Quartermaster-Sergeant

Place Of Birth   Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland

Place Of Death   Secunderabad, India

Buried/Location Ashes  Secunderabad Cemetery, Secuderbad, Andhra Pradesh, India


Date Buried/Cremated     31 August 1865    

Headstone   Unmarked Grave   Plot/Grave no.   

Gazetted   20 November 1857

VC Presented   1858, Commander in Chief India, Sir Colin Campbell, India


Not known if grave was ever marked

By The Way…

Nickname for the 17th Lancers is the “Death or Glory Boys”

VC Held By




VC 17 VC 19

Whilst under fire he stayed with a wounded officer and with the assistance of John Berryman brought him back to safety.

VC 17
VC 19
Crimean War