Monday, July 3

Notification: Victoria Cross: July 3, 1855, Ordinary Seaman Joseph Trew... @ Mon 3 Jul 2017 13:00 - 14:00 (On This Day)

Victoria Cross: July 3, 1855, Ordinary Seaman Joseph Trewavas of HMS Beagle. In the Straits of Genitchi, Sea of Azov, Seaman Trewavas was sent in a 4-oared gig to destroy a bridge, and so cut the Russians' main supply route. This was the third attempt, the first two having failed. As the gig ground against the bridge, Seaman Trewavas leapt out with an axe and began to hew away at the hawsers holding the pontoons together, and although the enemy kept up a heavy fire, particularly on Trewavas himself, he continued until his task was completed, and the two severed ends of the pontoon began to drift apart. He was wounded as he got back into the gig.

Mon 3 Jul 2017 13:00 – 14:00 Athens
Genichesk, Ukraine (map)
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