As a young man, Lendrim enlisted in the British military forces. He was posted to the Crimea at the outbreak of conflict there. He distinguished himself on a number of occassions during the Crimean War.
On the 14th of February 1855, Lendrim was involved in the Siege of Sevastopol. By this point in his military career he had achieved the rank of Corporal. He superinteded 150 French Chasseurs in building Number 9 Battery on the left flank. Under intense fire he replaced capsized gabions, all the while under heavy fire.
On the 11th of April he climbed on top of a magazine which was under fire and extinguished the burning sandbags.
On the 20th of April he was one fo four men who successfully destroyed a screen which the Russians had erected to conceal their rifle pits.
For these selfless acts of bravery, Lendrim was awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross.
When he retired from military service, Lendrim moved to England and married his wife Louise with whom he had 12 children.
Lendrim died on the 28th of November 1891 and was buried in the Royal Military Academy Cemetery.
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