09 December 2007

Victoria Cross: T. Esmonde


Captain, 18th Regiment

Born: 25 May 1829, Pembrokestown, Co Waterford, Ireland

Citation: For having, after being engaged in the attack on the Redan [at Sebastopol, on 18 June 1855], 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.

(London Gazette Issue 22043 dated 25 Sep 1857, published 25 Sep 1857.)

Note: Captain Esmonde's great-nephew, Lt Cdr Eugene Esmonde VC DSO, Fleet Air Arm, was awarded the Victoria Cross after being killed whilst attacking the German cruiser Prinz Eugen on 12 Feb 1942.

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