Posted By:james mckernan
Subject:Bernard McKernan/Charge of Light Brigade
Post Date:May 05, 2003 at 15:21:20
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There is a grave in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania bearing the inscription

born 1817
died march 15 1897

"Last surviving member of Charge of Light Brigade made famous by the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson....

Born in Lathram (I think they mean Leitrim, a County in Ireland) enlisted at Maidstone in 17th Lancers Fought in 13 engagements during Sikh Rebellion in India 1845-1848 and at the battles of Alma, Inkerman and the storming of the Redan and Malakoff Forts during Siege of Sebastopool, Crimean War. Presented with Medal for Valour by Queen and Sultan of Turkey during Crimean War. Died a US Citizen at Phoenixville Pa."

I am trying to determine if he Charged at Balaclava.....does anyone have a list of the Chargers/Survivors of the great Charge?

Please contact me I would be deeply grateful for any information concerning this Lancer.....member of 17th Lancers?

Professor Jim McKernan