Hugh Burgoyne VC RN

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Hugh Burgoyne VC RN

Postby thequestingvole » 01 Jan 2016 05:57

I have been scratching around looking for some information on Hugh Burboyne VC RN, specifically the action in which he won his VC.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hugh_Burgoyne

It appears that he and two other men landed on a beach and burned stores belonging to the Russian army in the face of some opposition. That three men could do such a thing seems completely extraordinary, but I suppose that it why they give out VCs. There is frustratingly little detail in the London gazette about the specifics of the action. Google, while turning up plenty of interest about about his later naval career, hasn't anything about his actions at the Sea of Azov.

Does anyone know of any online sources for this action?
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Re: Hugh Burgoyne VC RN

Postby crimea1854 » 01 Jan 2016 08:41

If you're interested in the Azoff campaign I would recommend Duckers & Mitchell's book. In this are extracts from despatches published in the London Gazette, one from Capt. Edmund Lyons of 1855 (pages 2298/9) refers to the action you are interested in and should be available on line. This despatch is dated 29 May 1855, so I would assume the publication would have been in June.

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I've now located the link: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/21728/page/2298
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Re: Hugh Burgoyne VC RN

Postby thequestingvole » 03 Jan 2016 07:01

crimea1854 wrote:If you're interested in the Azoff campaign I would recommend Duckers & Mitchell's book. In this are extracts from despatches published in the London Gazette, one from Capt. Edmund Lyons of 1855 (pages 2298/9) refers to the action you are interested in and should be available on line. This despatch is dated 29 May 1855, so I would assume the publication would have been in June.

Martin

I've now located the link: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/21728/page/2298


Thank you very much. That's just perfect. I had assumed it was done at night, reading the despatch makes it clear how ridiculously brave an action it was.

Thank you again and a very Happy New Year to you.

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