TSM John Stratford

Troop Sergeant-Major John Stratford, born in 1829, was the last survivor of the charge at Ramnuggur. He served throughout the campaign against the Sikhs, the Persian campaign of 1857 and the Indian Mutiny. When he left the regiment he was appointed sergeant instructor in the Staffordshire Yeomanry. He was in the national Reserve from 1911 to 1914. In this photo he is in his nineties. He lived to the age of 102 and died in Wolverhampton on 16 Jan 1932. There is a plaque in St Peter Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, erected in his memory by his comrades in the 14th/20th Hussars.

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