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Grave of Rear Admiral Raby V.C. | by Tim Sheerman-Chase
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Grave of Rear Admiral Raby V.C.

First man to be awarded a VC, but not the first to earn one.


"On June 18th, 1855, immediately after the assault on Sevastopol, a soldier of the 57th regiment, who had been shot through both legs, was observed sitting up and calling for assistance. Climbing over the breastwork of the advanced sap, Lieutenant Raby and two seamen proceeded upwards of 70yards across the open space towards the salient angle of the Redan, and in spite of the heavy fire which was still continuing, succeeded in carrying the wounded soldier to a place of safety at the imminent risk of their own lives. Lieutenant Raby was the sole survivor to reap the reward and wear the Cross."

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Taken on February 26, 2019