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  • Name: Thomas ESMONDE
  • D.O.B: 22nd May, 1829
  • D.O.A: 20th Jun, 1855
  • D.O.D: 14th Jan, 1873
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Captain, 18th (The Royal Irish) Regiment of Foot
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
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Before Sevastopol, Russia 20 and 23 June 1855

20 and 23 June 1855

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The Crimean War 

On 20 June 1855, Captain T Esmonde (qv), 18th Regiment, who had distinguished himself at the first assault on the Redan, extinguished an enemy fireball which threatened to attract enemy fire to a working party. On 23 June 1855, Private C McCorrie, whose regiment, the 57th, had helped furnish No 1 Column in the attack on the Redan, gallantly disposed of a live Russian shell which had landed in his position.

Citation

 For having, after being engaged in the attack on the Redan, repeatedly assisted, at great personal risk under a heavy fire of shell and grape, in rescuing wounded men from exposed situations; and also, while in command of a covering party, two days after, for having rushed with the most prompt and daring gallantry to a spot where a fire-ball from the enemy had just been lodged, which he effectually extinguished, before it had betrayed the position of the working party under his protection,–thus saving it from a murderous fire of shell and grape, which was immediately opened upon the spot where the fire-ball had fallen. 

The London Gazette of 25 September 1857, Numb. 22043, p. 3194

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