John Coleman (VC)
Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
12 July 1798|
St Mary in the Marsh, Kent
|Died||21 May 1858
Lucknow, British India
|Unit||97th Regiment of Foot|
John Coleman VC (12 July 1798 – 21 May 1858) 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.
He was 57 years old, and a sergeant in the 97th (The Earl of Ulster's) Regiment of Foot (later The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 30 August 1855 at Sebastopol, the Crimean Peninsula, when the enemy attacked "New Sap" and drove the working party in, Sergeant Coleman remained in the open, exposed to the enemy's rifle pits, until all round him had been killed or wounded. He finally carried one of his officers who was mortally wounded, to the rear.
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