Joseph Malone (11/01/1833 – 28/06/1883) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions 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. All three were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 22043, Page: 3194, reads:
“13th Light Dragoons,
Serjeant Joseph Malone Date of Act of Bravery, 25th October, 1854.
For having stopped under a very heavy fire to take charge of Captain Webb, 17th Lancers, until others arrived to assist him in removing that Officer, who was (as it afterwards proved) mortally wounded. Serjeant Malone performed this act of bravery while returning on foot from the charge at the Battle of Balaklava, in which his horse had been shot.”
On 28th June 1883, he died suddenly in the Officers Mess at Rugby Hotel, Pinetown, Natal from bronchitis at the age of 50. He is buried in St Andrew’s Churchyard, Pinetown, KZN, South Africa.
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