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Medals of the Month - April 2020

Medals awarded to Henry Michell Jones.
L-R: Victoria Cross, Crimea Medal 1854-56 with two clasps - Sebastopol and Alma, French Legion of Honour, Turkish Crimea Medal 1854-56.

1831: Born on February 11 at Crumlin, County Dublin, Ireland.

1849: Commissioned April 10 in India, by purchase, as an ensign in the 18th Regiment of Foot (Royal Irish Regiment) which was a British line infantry regiment.

1850: Transferred to the 60th Regiment of Foot (King's Royal Rifle Corps) with the rank of second lieutenant.

1854: Promoted lieutenant, upon transfer to the 7th Regiment of Foot (7th Royal Fusiliers).

1854: Late August as part of an Allied Anglo-French-Turkish force of 63,000 troops embarks with the 7th Regiment of Foot from Varna, Bulgaria, and sails to Yevpatoria in the Crimea, in readiness to attack Russian forces at Sevastopol, a major Russian sea port. September 14, Allied Anglo-French-Turkish forces march on Sevastopol.

1854: September 20, Battle of Alma River. Russian forces driven out but at a cost of 3,300 Allied casualties. Jones is severely wounded by a bullet in the lower jaw while carrying the Queen's Colour. Mentioned in Dispatches. Jones carried the bullet in his jaw for 30 years until he complained of a toothache and had the bullet removed.

1855: June 7, assault made on Sevastopol. Jones slightly wounded in the shoulder at the 'Quarries' on 7th and wounded in the chest by a shell splinter on the 8th. Valour displayed by Jones during these assaults leads to him being nominated to receive the Victoria Cross.

1855: August 19, promoted to Captain.

1856: Victoria Cross first instituted as an award for valour.

1856: Jones awarded the French Imperial Legion of Honour with the degree of Knight, in appreciation of his distinguished services before the enemy.

1857: The award of the Victoria Cross to Henry Jones gazetted on September 25. Jones had resigned his commission in June.

The VC citation reads ... "For having distinguished himself while serving with a party which stormed and took the Quarries before Sebastopol, by repeatedly leading his men on to repel the continual assaults by the enemy during the night. Although wounded early in the evening, Captain Jones remained unflinchingly at his post until after daylight the following morning."

Henry Jones VC

1862: Re-joins the British Army on December 19 and appointed, by purchase, as a cornet in the 16th Lancers.

1863: Jones formally presented with the Victoria Cross by the Cavalry Depot Commandant, Colonel W.N. Custance, CB on June 22 at the Canterbury Barracks in Kent, South-East England.

1863: September 23 transfers to the 1st Regiment of Dragoon Guards.

1863 - 1898: Jones leaves the British Army again in 1863 and begins a 35-year career with the British Diplomatic Service. Appointments included Consul in the Feejee (Fiji) and Tonga Islands 1863 - 1868; Consul-General at Tabreez (Tabriz), Persia (now Iran) 1868 - 1875; Consul-General at Christiania (now Oslo), Norway 1875 - 1880; Consul-General at Philippopolis (now Plovdiv), Bulgaria 1880 - 1889; Minister Resident and Consul-General at Bangkok, Siam (now Thailand) 1889 - 1894; Minister Resident and Consul-General at Lima, Peru 1894 - 1898; Minister Resident and Consul-General at Quito, Ecuador (from 1895) Retires from Diplomatic Service in 1898.

1916: Henry Mitchell Jones, VC dies at Eastbourne, East Sussex England on December 11, aged 85 years.

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