The Crimean War: despatches, promotions and awards

The Crimean War began in October 1853 and lasted until February 1856 (Britain and France did not declare war until 1854).

Here’s how The Gazette detailed events, including despatches from the front and the awards and promotions that followed.

21536            28/03/1854                             Declaration of War 

21552            12/05/1854                             Despatch

21561            13/06/1854                             Despatch 

21567            30/06/1854                             Despatch 

The Allies besiege Bomarsund                     

21585            22/08/1854                             Despatch 

21586            23/09/1854                             Despatch 

21588            29/08/1854                             Despatch 

21588            29/08/1854                             Despatch 

21589            01/09/1854                             Despatch 

21590            05/09/1854                             Promotions            

Battle of Alma    

21599            30/09/1854                             Despatch 

21600            30/09/1854                             Gazette Extraordinary: despatch

21601            01/10/1854                             Despatch 

Battle of Balaclava           

21603            05/10/1854                             Despatch 

21605            07/10/1854                             Despatch 

21606            08/10/1854                             Despatch 

21607            08/10/1854                             Gazette Extraordinary: despatch  

21624            12/11/1854                             Gazette Extraordinary: Charge of the Light Brigade              

21611            18/10/1854                             Non-commissioned officer and private casualties 

Battle of Inkerman           

21618            05/11/1854                             Gazette Extraordinary: despatch  

21619            07/11/1854                             Return of casualties amongst officers         

21620            07/11/1854                             Supplement to Gazette Extraordinary despatch    

21623            11/11/1854                             Gazette Extraordinary: despatch  

21627            16/11/1854                             Gazette Extraordinary: despatch  

21628            17/11/1854                             Casualties list         

21631            22/11/1854                             Gazette Extraordinary: Battle of Inkerman               

21639            11/12/1854                             Gazette Extraordinary: despatch  

21640            12/12/1854                             Promotions            

21641            15/12/1854                             Queen Victoria's speech to Houses of Parliament   

1855                                                                 

21647            02/01/1855                             Honours   

21648            05/01/1855                             General orders     

21653            23/01/1855                             General order medals        

21657            02/02/1855                             Despatch 

21660            09/02/1855                             Despatch 

21671            03/03/1855                             Official information             

21674            09/03/1855                             Despatch 

21686            30/03/1855                             Despatch 

21696            20/04/1855                             Casualties list         

21699            24/04/1855                             General order       

21700            26/04/1855                             Despatch 

21714            18/05/1855                             Despatch 

21720            28/05/1855                             Weekly hospital report      

21723            01/06/1855                             Despatch 

21724            05/06/1855                             Crimean fund        

21725            06/06/1855                             Despatch 

21728            13/06/1855                             Weekly hospital report

21734            25/06/1855                             Despatch 

21736            28/06/1855                             Despatch 

21744            10/07/1855                             Despatch 

21746            17/07/1855                             Despatch 

21749            23/07/1855                             Despatch 

21751            26/07/1855                             Despatch 

21752            27/07/1855                             Promotions            

21753            30/07/1855                             Despatch 

21755            01/08/1855                             Despatch 

21762            14/08/1855                             Despatch 

21763            16/08/1855                             Despatch 

21764            17/08/1855                             Speech of Lords Commissioners to Houses of Parliament

21765            20/08/1855                             Despatch 

21769            27/08/1855                             Despatch 

21772            29/08/1855                             Despatch 

21774            03/09/1855                             Despatch 

21779            10/09/1855                             Despatch 

21782            14/09/1855                             Despatch 

21787            22/09/1855                             Despatch 

21789            25/09/1855                             Prayer for successes           

21790            26/09/1855                             Despatch 

21791            28/09/1855                             Prayer for successes           

21794            05/10/1855                             Despatch 

21803            23/10/1855                             Despatch 

21804            26/10/1855                             Honours   

21806            30/10/1855                             Address by the mayor and the Queen's answer   

21807            01/11/1855                             Despatch 

21808            02/11/1855                             Promotions and awards    

21809            06/11/1855                             Naval medals for the Crimea           

21810            06/11/1855                             Despatch 

21811            08/11/1855                             Despatch 

21813            10/11/1855                             Gazette Extraordinary: despatch  

21814            30/11/1855                             Despatch 

21815            16/11/1855                             Letter by major commanding the 2nd Brigade      

21820            27/11/1855                             Despatch 

21821            29/11/1855                             Despatch 

21822            30/11/1855                             Despatch 

21826            08/12/1855                             Despatch 

21829            18/12/1855                             Despatch 

21830            21/12/1855                             Treaty (Emperor of the French and King of Sweden and Norway)

21831            25/12/1855                             Despatch 

1856                                                                 

21833            01/01/1856                             Despatch 

21835            08/01/1856                             Despatch 

21836            09/01/1856                             Despatch (‘drunkeness’ in the army)          

21838            14/01/1856                             Despatch 

21846            05/02/1856                             Her Majesty's speech to Houses of Parliament

21850            15/02/1856                             Despatch 

21851            19/02/1856                             Despatch 

21856            03/03/1856                             Despatch 

21858            07/03/1856                             Despatch 

21859            11/03/1856                             Despatch 

21865            31/03/1856                             Gazette Extraordinary: Treaty of Paris        

21866            31/03/1856                             Gazette Extraordinary: Treaty of Paris        

21868            04/04/1856                             General order       

21871            11/04/1856                             Weekly report of the health of the army   

21874            22/04/1856                             General order       

21878            29/04/1856                             Hospital report      

21879            02/05/1856                             Granting the Sebastopol Clasp       

21880            03/05/1856                             Despatch 

21882            09/05/1856                             Weekly hospital report      

21890            06/06/1856                             Honours and awards          

21895            24/06/1856                             Despatch 

21907            30/07/1856                             Despatch 

21909            01/08/1856                             Honours and awards (Imperial Order of the Legion of Honour)

Post-war                                                        

21971            24/02/1857                             Honours and awards          

21996            01/05/1857                             Honours and awards (Imperial Order of the Legion of Honour)

22032            18/08/1857                             Despatch 

22043            25/09/1857                             Intentions for Victoria Cross            

22065            20/11/1857                             Intentions for Victoria Cross            

22097            16/02/1858                             Despatch 

22149            04/06/1858                             Intentions for Victoria Cross            

22153            15/06/1858                             Despatch 

22194            26/10/1858                             Intentions for Victoria Cross            

22222            25/01/1859                             Chaplains' honours              

22256            29/04/1859                             Promotions            

22260            06/05/1859                             Intentions for Victoria Cross            

22279            24/06/1859                             Promotions            

22295            05/08/1859                             Promotions            

22734            09/05/1863                             Commission under her royal sign manual  

23026            17/10/1865                             Advice on typhus in Ukraine during the war             

24374            20/10/1876                             Honours and awards          

See also: despatches from World War 1 and World War 2