John H. L. Fuller

John H. L. Fuller

Death 6 Sep 1871 (aged 37–38)
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Burial Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 41138471 · View Source
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British Soldier. Nothing is known of the early life of Fuller, only that he was born in England and enlisted in the British army in the early 1850's. He would transfer to the British Calvary and was assigned to the Light Brigade. During the Crimean War the British Army traveled to Balaclava to engage the Russians. The British were accompanied by the French and Turks. The Light Brigade 4th and 13th Light Dragoons, 8th and 11th Hussars and 17th Lancers under Lord Cardigan was in the valley flanking both Vorontsov and Fedukhine Ridges, upon which the Russian re-formed their troops and waited. British headquarters sent an order to the Earl of Lucan to have the cavalry advance rapidly to the front and try to prevent the enemy carrying away the guns. The Light Brigade advanced straight up the valley. It soon came under fire from guns of both flanks and then from the ridge directly ahead of them. Fuller was within these flanks and was one of the survivors who made it back to the ranks. Of the 673 men and horses running that rifle and cannon gantlet, 247 men and 497 horses died in the 20 minute attack. The charge was later immortalized by Alfred "Lord" Tennyson's poem which would end 'When can their glory fade? Oh, the wild charge they made, all the world wondered. Honor the charge they made, Honor the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred. After coming to America, Fuller became an agent for the United States Revenue Service. A year before his death he married the widow of General Gilliam. He would die of yellow fever and his obituary would state that this very genial and exceedingly popular gentleman died at the Waverly House Wednesday night after a brief illness. He would be the only survivor of the "Charge of the Light Brigade" to be buried in America.

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The only member of the gallant 600 that charged at Balakleva, Russia buried in America.



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