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  • Name: Alexander WRIGHT
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1826
  • D.O.A: 22nd Mar, 1855
  • D.O.D: 28th Jul, 1858
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Private, 77th (East Middlesex) Regiment of Foot, 2nd Brigade, Light Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Russian night sortie, Sevastopol, Russia 22 March 1855

22 March 1855

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The Crimean War 

To block an advance by the French along the Victoria Ridge to attack the Malakov, Russian forces had constructed the Kamtchatka Lunette in front of the position. The French had been sapping their way towards this and on 22 March 1855 in an attempt to protect it General Kroulev, with over 5,000 men, attacked the French on Victoria Ridge in a night sortie. At the same time the Russians took the opportunity to assault both the British Right Attack on the Woronzov Ridge and the Left Attack on Green Hill, the two neighbouring ridges to the west. The 57th Regiment was among the British defenders of Green Hill and the 77th Regiment among those on Woronzov Ridge. These Russian attacks had some initial success but were driven back by the British.

Citation

 For conspicuous bravery through the whole Crimean War. Highly distinguished on the night of the 22nd March, 1855, in repelling a sortie. Highly distinguished at the taking of the Russian Rifle Pits, on the night of the 19th April,1855; remarked for the great encouragement he gave the men while holding the pits under a terrible fire. He was wounded. Highly distinguished on the 30th August, 1855, (wounded). 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 February 1857. 24 February 1857, Numb. 21971, p. 661

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