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  • Name: William McWHEENEY
  • D.O.B: 31st Dec, 1836
  • D.O.A: 18th Jun, 1855
  • D.O.D: 17th May, 1866
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Sergeant, 44th (East Essex) Regiment of Foot, 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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The early stages of the Siege of Sevastopol, Russia 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.

Citation

 Volunteered as sharpshooterat the commencement of the siege,and was in charge of the party of the 44th Regiment; was always vigilant and active, and signalised himself on the 20th October, 1854, when one of his party, Private John Keane, 44th Regiment, was dangerously wounded in the Woronzoff Road, at the time the sharpshooters were repulsed from the Quarries by overwhelming numbers. Serjeant M‘Wheeney, on hisreturn, took the wounded man on his back, and brought him to a place of safety. This was under a very heavy fire. He was also the means of saving the life of Corporal Courtney. This man was one of the sharpshooters,and wasseverely wounded in the head, 5th December, 1854. Serjeant M‘Wheeney brought him from under fire,and dug up aslight cover with his bayonet, where the two remained until dark, when they retired. Serjeant M‘Wheeney volunteered for the advanced guard of General Eyre’s Brigade, in the Cemetery, on the 18th June, 1855, and was never absent from duty during the war 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 February 1857. 24 February 1857, Numb. 21971, p. 660

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