This Day in History: 1854-11-05

Battle of Inkerman. The epic “Soldier’s Battle.” The 30th and 47th Regiment provide 1/3rd of the 3,000 men of the British 2nd Division who defeat and utterly destroy a Russian force of over 40,000 men and 135 guns. Private John McDermond, 47th Regiment, wins the very first Regimental VC for rescuing his wounded Commanding Officer. To encourage his men to advance, Lt & Adjutant Mark Walker, 30th Regiment, wins second Regimental VC by leaping over a wall in the face of 2 Russian battalions.