TSM James Champion VC

Sergeant-Major Champion was a veteran of the Charge of the Light Brigade in 1854. He also distinguished himself at Gwalior on 17th June 1858 when 4 men of the 8th Hussars won VCs. Champion won his award at Beejapore on the 8th September 1858, at the age of 24, when he carried on fighting even though he was severely wounded.

The photo shows him in full dress uniform wearing only two of his medals, for the Crimea and Indian Mutiny. He received his VC in January 1861 whilst still in India. He was born in Hammersmith in 1834, and died there in 1904. After leaving the 8th Hussars he joined the Gloucestershire Yeomanry in which he was the Sergeant-Major of the Cheltenham Troop.

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