Personal info

  • Name: Matthew Charles DIXON
  • D.O.B: 4th Feb, 1821
  • D.O.A: 17th Apr, 1855
  • D.O.D: 7th Jan, 1905
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, No 5 Company, 9th Battalion, Royal Regiment of Artillery,
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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No 9 Battery outside Sevastopol, Russia 17 April 1855

17 April 1855

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The Crimean War 

Captain M C Dixon was manning Number 9 Battery of the Siege Train on the Second Parallel of the British Right Attack on the Woronzov Ridge, east of the Woronzov Road leading into Sevastopol.


 On the 17th April, 1855, about 2 P.M., when the battery he commanded was blown up by a shell from the enemy, which burst in the Magazine, destroyed the parapets, killed and wounded ten men, disabled five guns, and covered a sixth with earth; for most gallantly re-opening fire with the remaining gun before the enemy had ceased cheering from their parapets (on which they had mounted) and fighting it until sunset, despite the heavy concentrated fire of the enemy’s batteries, and the ruined state of his own. 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 February 1857. 24 February 1857, Numb. 21971, p. 655

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