Sergeant Thomas Grady VC DCM

On 18th Oct 1854, Grady, whilst a 19 year-old Private, volunteered to repair the defences of the Sailors' Battery which he did under heavy fire. Also, on the 22nd Nov during the repulse of a Russian attack, although severely wounded, Private Grady refused to leave the front and his example encouraged the depleted unit to maintain their position.

Thomas Grady was born in Cheddah, Galway in Ireland on 18th Sept 1835. He was promoted to sergeant after his heroic deeds. After leaving the Army he emigrated to Australia where he died, in Melbourne, on 18th May 1891.

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