John Robarts VC

John Robarts (1818 – 17/10/1888) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Crimean War while serving as a  gunner in the Royal Navy.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 21971, Page: 650, reads:

“John Roberts, Gunner.

This Warrant Officer landed with Lieutenants Buckley and Burgoyne at Genitchi, in presence of a superior force, and set fire to the Stores, a service of imminent risk. (Despatch from Admiral Lord Lyons, 2nd June, 1855, No. 419.).” 

“On 29 May 1855 in the Sea of Azov, Crimea, Gunner Robarts of HMS Ardent with two lieutenants (Cecil William Buckley and Hugh Talbot Burgoyne), one from HMS Miranda and the other from HMS Swallow, volunteered to land on a beach where the Russian army were in strength. They were out of covering gunshot range of the ships offshore and met considerable enemy opposition, but managed to set fire to corn stores and ammunition dumps and destroy enemy equipment before embarking again. 

He is buried in Highland Road Cemetery in Portsmouth.

Portsmouth Highland Road Cemetery

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