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William Coffey
Birth: Aug. 5, 1829
Death: Jul. 11, 1875

Crimean War Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Knocklong, Limerick, Ireland, he served as a Private in the 34th Regiment of Foot, British Army. In actions at Sebastopol, Crimean Russia, on March 29, 1855, enemy forces attacked the lines of the 34th Regiment of Foot. Private Coffey threw a live shell, which had fallen into his trench, over the parapet, saving many of his comrade’s lives. For most prestigious gallantry, he was promoted to Corporal and awarded the Victoria Cross Queen Victoria at the first open air investiture in Hyde Park on June 26, 1857. Remaining in the Army, he fought in the Indian Mutiny and achieved the rank of Sergeant. He died of dysentery at age 45 in Chesterfield, England. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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Spital Cemetery
Chesterfield
Chesterfield Borough
Derbyshire, England
 
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Originally Created by: K
Record added: Oct 24, 2003
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William Coffey
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William Coffey
Added by: Iain MacFarlaine
 
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Rest in peace old chap.
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