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John James Brandling
1821-1860 ...

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Life History

Lieutenant-Colonel John James Brandling was christened the 1st June 1821 at Gosforth, Northumberland, England, the son of Robert Brandling and Mary Jacques. He married Mary, daughter of Charles Gifford, between January and March 1856. [1]

They had three children:

  • Mary Brandling; born between October and December 1856. [2]
  • Frances Eleanor Catherine Brandling; born between October and December 1858. [3]
  • Jane Rachel Brandling; born between April and June 1860. [4]

He was invested as a Companion of Order of the Bath (C.B.) and gained the rank of Colonel in the service of the Royal Horse Artillery. He was present throughout the Crimean Campaign for which he received the medal and clasps, as also the decoration, of the Medjidie of the 5th class.

All these piecemeal interventions more by good luck than good judgement had finally succeeded in breaking the Russians resolve and the mass started moving first slowly then faster back up the hill to the Causeway Heights, where they broke contact and started to regroup. At this point 'C' Troop RHA opened up rapid fire onto them. On the initiative of their commander, Capt Brandling, they had come down from the Light Division via the Worontsoff Road and then along the Sapourne to the Col where the French had given them priority passage down to the plain. Their intervention at this stage, firing 8 rounds per gun and howitzer at a range of 7-800 yds, prevented the Russian cavalry from attempting a fresh assault, and sent them packing back down to the eastern end of the North Valley. The threat to Balaklava had been neutralised. [5]

Major Brandling's troop of artillery horse ...

Major Brandling's troop of artillery horse

John James died in 1860 [6] :

April 16: At Woodsley-house, Leeds, aged 39, Lieut-Col John James Brandling, C.B. of the Horse Brigade of the Royal Artillery. The deceased was present throughout the Crimean campaign, for which he had received the medal and clasps, as also the decoration of the Medjidie of the 5th class. [7]

and ...

April 16: At Woodley House, Leeds, aged 39, Lieut-Col John James Brandling. He served during the Eastern campaign of 1854 and 1855 in command of a troop of the Royal Horse Artillery, and was present at the affairs of Bulganac and Mackenzie's Farm, the battles of the Alma, Balaklava, capture of Balaklava, the siege and fall of Sebastopol, for which he received the medal and clasps, and the decoration of the Turkish Order of the Medjidie of the 5th class. [8]

John James was buried at St Mary's Church, on Town Street, Middleton, Leeds. The inscription on the flat stone reads:

John James Brandling, Lieutenant Colonel C.B. R.A. who died April 16th, 1860 aged 39 years.

Mary, his wife, died between April and June 1873 aged 50 years. [9]

 

References

[1] https://www.freebmd.org.uk/
     Marriage. Jan-Mar 1856. Upton. Vol:6c Page [35]69

[2] https://www.freebmd.org.uk/
     Birth. Oct-Dec 1856. Cantebury. Vol:2a Page 305

[3] https://www.freebmd.org.uk/
     Birth. Oct-Dec 1858. Norwich. Vol:4b Page 146

[4] https://www.freebmd.org.uk/
     Birth. Apr-Jun 1860. Leeds. Vol:9b Page 434

[5] Barham. J. The Battle of Balaklava Part 3 - The Charge of the Heavy Brigade

[6] https://www.freebmd.org.uk/
     Death. Apr-Jun 1860. Leeds. Vol:9b Page 270

[7] The Gentleman's Magazine 1860

[8] Annual register 1860

[9] https://www.freebmd.org.uk/
     Death. Apr-Jun 1873. Upton. Vol:6c Page 173

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