Joseph Malone (VC)

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Joseph Malone
Depiction of the Charge of the Light Brigade
Born 11 January 1833
Eccles, Lancashire
Died 28 June 1883 (aged 50)
Pinetown, South Africa
Buried at St Andrew's Churchyard, Pinetown
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Captain
Unit 13th Light Dragoons
6th Dragoons
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

Joseph Malone VC (11 January 1833 – 28 June 1883) 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.

VC action[edit]

He was 21 years old, and a sergeant in the 13th Light Dragoons (later 13th Hussars), 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, Crimean Peninsula (Charge of the Light Brigade), Sergeant Malone, while returning on foot from the charge, in which his horse had been shot, stopped under very heavy fire and helped a troop sergeant-major (John Berryman) and other sergeant (John Farrell) to move a very severely wounded officer (who subsequently died) out of range of the guns.[1]

Further details[edit]

Malone was from Eccles in Lancashire. He later transferred to the 6th Dragoons and in 1858 was commissioned as a Riding Master. In 1881, along with other Riding Masters, he was granted the honorary rank of Captain.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the 13th/18th Royal Hussars Museum (Queen Mary's Own) (Barnsley, South Yorkshire, England).


  1. ^ "no. 22043". The London Gazette. 25 September 1857. p. 3194. Retrieved 29 March 2015.