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  • Name: Thomas WILKINSON
  • D.O.B: 1st Jan, 1831
  • D.O.A: 7th Jun, 1855
  • D.O.D: 22nd Sep, 1887
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Gunner, HMS Britannia, Royal Marine Artillery, Naval Brigade
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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The Advanced Right Attack, Sevastopol, Russia 6 and 7 June 1855

6 and 7 June 1855

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The Crimean War 

On 6 June 1855 the Allies began their Third Bombardment of Sevastopol. One of their chief targets was the Redan opposite the British Right Attack on Woronzov Ridge. The British had already established forward or ‘advanced’ batteries in front of their Attacks. Though of great value, these batteries were by definition also the most exposed to enemy fire. It was here on the Right Attack that Sergeant G Symons distinguished himself by his gallantry on 6 June 1855 and Gunner T Wilkinson on the following day.

Citation

 Specially recommended for gallant conduct in the advanced Batteries, 7th June, 1855, in placing sand-bags to repair the work under a galling fire; his name having been sent up on the occasion, as worthy of special notice, by the Commanding Officer of the Artillery of the Right Attack. (Letter from Colonel Wesley, Deputy Adjutant-General, Royal Marines.) 

Supplement to The London Gazette of 24 February 1857. 24 February 1857, Numb. 21971, p. 654

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