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John Byrne (VC)
He was approx. 22 years old, and a Private in the 68th Regiment (later The Durham Light Infantry) , British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 5 November 1854 in the Crimea, at the Battle of Inkerman, when the regiment was ordered to retire, Private Byrne went back towards the enemy, and, at the risk of his own life, brought in a wounded soldier, under fire. On 11 May 1855 he bravely engaged in a hand-to-hand contest with one of the enemy on the parapet of the work he was defending, prevented the entrance of the enemy, killed his antagonist, and captured his arms.
please update if you know where his medal is publicly displayed
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)
- Monuments To Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Location of grave and VC medal (Gwent, Wales)
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