Wednesday, August 9

Notification: Victoria Cross: August 9, 1854, citations for Lieutenant ... @ Wed 9 Aug 2017 13:00 - 14:00 (On This Day)

Victoria Cross: August 9, 1854, citations for Lieutenant John Bythesea and Stoker William Johnstone. On Vårdö, Åland Islands, they intercepted important despatches from the Czar which were being sent to Bomarsund. "They lay in wait for three days until five Russians arrived on 12 August with the postbags. Johnstone ambushed the men, at Bythesea's signal, attempting to throw a rope around the group whilst Bythesea provided cover with just one pistol. Two of the men dropped their bags and fled while the remaining three finally surrendered. Bythesea ordered the men back to their own boat and then forced them to row it back to Arrogant, with the mailbags."

Wed 9 Aug 2017 13:00 – 14:00 Athens
Vårdö, Finland (map)
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