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  • Name: Collingwood DICKSON
  • D.O.B: 21st Nov, 1817
  • D.O.A: 17th Oct, 1854
  • D.O.D: 28th Nov, 1904
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant Colonel, Royal Regiment of Artillery, Commanding the Right Siege Train
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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The early stages of the Siege of Sevastopol, Russia 9-20 October 1854

9-20 October 1854

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The Crimean War 

Having marched round Sevastopol and established bases on or near the Crimean coast south of the city, the Allies moved to convert the encirclement of the port into a proper siege. The Russian Commander, Prince Menshikov, had evacuated the bulk of his army from the town on 25 September 1854 and in October the Allies began work on a system of siegeworks. On 17 October, a major Allied bombardment of the town began as a prelude to an unsuccessful French assault.

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 For having, on the 17th October, 1854, when the batteries of the Right Attack had run short of powder, displayed the greatest coolness and contempt of danger, in directing the unloading of several wagons of the Field-Battery, which were brought up to the trenches to supply the want; and having personally assisted in carrying the powder barrels underasevere fire from the enemy. 

The London Gazette of 23 June 1857, Numb. 22014, p. 2165

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