- Name: John ROSS
- D.O.B: 31st Dec, 1821
- D.O.A: 8th Sep, 1855
- D.O.D: 23rd Oct, 1879
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Corporal, 2nd Company, Royal Sappers and Miners
- Book: The Complete History - Volume 1
The Second Assault on the Redan, Russia 8 September 1855
8 September 1855
The Crimean War
On 8 September 1855 the Allies launched what was to prove their final attack on Sevastopol. The second British assault on the Redan at first appeared to be making some progress. Lieutenant Colonel F F Maude of The Buffs led his men including Private J J Connors into the Redan. Some of the 90th Regiment, amongst whom was Sergeant A Moynihan, and the 97th Regiment, including Captain C H Lumley, also made it into the stronghold. However, they found it impossible to maintain their position and all were forced to withdraw. In consequence, as with the first assault on the Redan (qv), apart from those who received awards for their gallantry in the attack, like those referred to above and Sergeant L O’Connor (qv), 23rd Regiment, a number of Citations specifically referred to bravery in rescuing wounded men. Captain G Davis and Bombardier D Cambridge RA, and Assistant Surgeon T E Hale 7th Regiment, assisted amongst others Captain H M Jones (qv). Assistant Surgeon H T Sylvester and Corporal R Shields, 23rd Regiment, distinguished themselves by rescuing the mortally wounded Lieutenant Dyneley. On the evening of the 8th, Corporal J Ross (qv), Royal Sappers and Miners, who had gone out to look for some of his company who were missing, crept into the Redan and discovered that the Russians had withdrawn from the fortification. That same day the French had attacked and captured the Malakov to the east of the Redan. This effectively rendered Sevastopol indefensible and the following day the Russians evacuated the City after a siege lasting eleven months. Other than a few minor actions this brought the Crimean War to an end.
Distinguished conduct on the 21st July, 1855, in connecting the 4th Parallel Right Attack with an old Russian Rifle Pit in front. Extremely creditable conduct on the 23rd August, 1855, in charge of the advance from the 5th Parallel Right Attack on the Redan, in placing and filling 25 gabions under a very heavy fire, whilst annoyed by the presence of light balls. Intrepid and devoted conduct in creeping to the Redan in the night of the 8th September, 1855, and reporting its evacuation, on which its occupation by the English took place.