Tuesday, October 12

Notification: Victoria cross: on 12 Oct 1854, Francis Wheatley, Rifle B... @ Tue 12 Oct 2021 14:30 - 15:30 (EEST) (On This Day)

Victoria cross: on 12 Oct 1854, Francis Wheatley, Rifle Brigade, and some other Riflemen were occupying a section of the trenches before Sevastopol when a live Russian shell fell amongst the men. Without hesitation Wheatley seized hold of the shell and endeavoured to knock the fuse out with the butt of his rifle. He was unsuccessful at the first attempt and so, with great presence of mind and deliberation he managed somehow to heave it over the parapet of the trench. It had scarcely fallen outside when it exploded. Had it not been for his coolness, presence of mind and supreme courage and discipline, the shell would have inevitably exploded amongst the party causing serious casualties, but instead not a man was hurt.

Tue 12 Oct 2021 14:30 – 15:30 Eastern European Time - Athens
Lenins'kyi, Sevastopol (map)
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