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Paul Marshall
22-06-2006, 9:28 PM
Thought I'd post this here, may be of interest ...

It's the grave of Sargeant Major Robert Johnston, in Grove Road Cemetery, Harrogate, Yorkshire ..

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Paul Marshall
22-06-2006, 9:33 PM
Thanks to Tony Cheal for the newspaper extract on his website

Harrogate Advertiser - 8th December 1885

The Late Sergeant Major Johnston

This Balaclava hero, it will be remembered, died at Harrogate in 1882, and his funeral was attended with those military honours which so truly befit the interment of those who took part, as the late Sergeant Major Johnston did, in the famous Balaclava charge.
It was thought advisable to memorialise the death of this hero by the erection of a suitable monument to his memory in the Harrogate Cemetery, and with this intention a few of his admirers formed themselves into a committee to solicit subscriptions.
In due course the committee placed the order for the tombstone into the hands of Mr Thomas Potts, sculptor, Cemetery Road, Harrogate, and a handsome and suitable monument has been prepared by him, which now awaits erection over the grave of the deceased soldier.
It is made from the best Bolton Wood stone, and weighs in the aggregate over 2 tons. At the base of the stone is an elaborate carving of the famous "War" picture after Landseer, and the manner in which this particular part of the work has been done reflects the greatest credit upon the sculptor, who has spared neither labour nor pains to give the tombstone an imposing and attractive appearance.
It is surmounted by a Maltese cross, and stands nearly eight feet in height. The top is worked in "broken ornament" pattern, and the stone is further beautified by small green granite pillars, placed on each side of the description, which reads as follows :

"This monument was erected by voluntary subscriptions to the memory of Sergeant Major Johnston, late of the 8th KRI Hussars, who died November 28th, 1882, aged 49 years. He was one of the survivors of 'The gallant Six Hundred', in 'The Charge of the Light Brigade', October 25th, 1854, and served in the following engagements with his regiment : Alma, Balaclava, Inkerman, Tchernaya, Bulganak, McKenzie's Farm, Kertch, Tennakale, Kotah, Chundares, Kotahkeserai, Gwalior, Powree, Sindwhad, Koorwye, Koondrye, and Boordah.

'When can their glory fade?
Oh! The wild charge they made,
All the world wondered.
Honour the charge they made,
Honour the Light Brigade,
Noble Six Hundred'.