- Name: John CONNORS
- D.O.A: 8th Sep, 1855
- D.O.D: 29th Jan, 1857
- Award: Victoria Cross
- Occupation at time of action: Private, 3rd (East Kent) Regiment of Foot (The Buffs), 2nd Division
- 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gone out to look for some of his company who were missing, crept into the Redan and discovered that the Russians had withdrawn from the fortification.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 himself most conspicuously at the assault on the Redan, 8th September, 1855, in personal conflict with the Russians: rescued an Officer of the 30th Regiment, who was surrounded by Russians, by shooting one and bayonetting another, and was observed, inside the Redan, in personal combat with the Russians for some time. Was selected by his Company for the French War Medal.