Jerome Budge was a ground-pounder during the war. What he saw in Serenity Valley has haunted him ever since. Sharpe makes sure that Jerome is looked after and Jerome is willing to kill or died for Sharpe. Jerome keeps his head shaved in a quiet ritual to honor those brothers of his who fell Serenity Valley. Jerome is tall, black, and all muscle, he spends hours lifting weights doing Tai Chi for Flexibility and awareness.