Sergeant Henry Ramage VC

Sergeant Ramage rescued three of his comrades at the Battle of Balaklava on 25 Oct 1854. During the Charge of the Heavy Brigade he came to the aid of a private who was surrounded by 7 Russians. Ramage dispersed them and was able to save the man's life. On the same day he brought out a man who had been taken prisoner, and when the brigade covered the retreat of the Light brigade he lifted a wounded man from his horse and carried him to safety under heavy fire.

Henry Ramage was born in 1827 at Morningside, Edinburgh. He was gazetted with the Victoria Cross on 2 June 1857, one of only two men from the Greys to win the award during the Crimean War. The engraving shows a man from the Scots Greys receiving the VC from Queen Victoria at the first award ceremony at Hyde Park, on 26 June 1857. There were 62 men given the medal on that day; Sergeant-Major Grieve and Sergeant Ramage were two of them. The figure in Greys uniform has no rank badges on his arm and this must be a mistake on the part of the artist. The identity of the man cannot be determined but it is either Grieve or Ramage. Unfortunately Henry Ramage did not live long enough to enjoy the fame due to him. He died on 29 Dec 1859 at the cavalry camp at Newbridge in Ireland and was buried in the cemetery there.

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