- Name: Thomas GRADY
- D.O.B: 19th Sep, 1835
- D.O.A: 22nd Nov, 1854
- D.O.D: 18th May, 1891
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 4th (The King’s Own) Regiment of Foot, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
The early stages of the Siege of Sevastopol, Russia 9-20 October 1854
9-20 October 1854
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.
For having, on the 18th October, 1854, volunteered to repairthe embrasures of the Sailors’ Battery on the Left Attack,and effected the same, with the assistance of one other volunteer, undera very heavy fire from a line of batteries. For gallant conduct on the 22nd November, 1854, in the repulse of the Russian attack on the advanced trench of the Left Attack, when, on being severely wounded, he refused to quit the front, encouraging, by such determined bearing, the weak force engaged with the enemy to maintain its position.