Edmond Jennings VC

Edmund Jennings was an Irishman, born in 1815 in Ballinrobe, co Mayo. He enlisted in the Bengal Horse Artillery in 1836 and survived the First Afghan War and the First Sikh War, attaining the position of Rough Rider. His action at Lucknow in November 1857 saved the life of a British officer. For this he was awarded the VC, gazetted on 24 Dec 1858. He arrived in England too late to attend the award ceremony, and his luck did not improve. He settled in the north east of England and took a job as a road sweeper in North Shields, but he was so hard up he had to sell his medal. On 10 May 1889 he died at the age of 69, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Preston Cemetery, North Shields. Because of Jennings winning the VC, F Battery RHA have a maroon stripe in their stable belt.

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