The Crimean War

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The war in the Crimea was the result of Russian claims to the right to protect the Holy Places in Palestine, which were then in the . Britain and France were allies of Turkey and when the Ottoman sultan declared war on Russia, the British Army became involved. The 50th (Queen’s Own), 57th (West Middlesex) and the 77th (East Middlesex) were at the Alma River and at the Battle of Inkerman in 1854, where Sergeant J Park of the 77th became the first Regimental recipient of the newly instituted Victoria Cross. However, the Regiment’s forebears main contribution to the War was in September 1855 at Sevastopol.

The Buffs, 31st, 50th, 57th, 77th and 97th (Earl of Ulster’s) were all awarded the battle honour of Sevastopol and the 8th September became the Regimental Day of The Queen’s Own Royal West Kent Regiment. Two soldiers of the 57th, Private C McCorrie and CSgt G Gardiner DCM and Sgt J Coleman of the 97th won VCs in this particularly hard fought Ottoman (Turkish) Empire battle.