Patrick Michael Victory

Death 10 Jul 2006 (aged 86)
Burial Richmond, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England
Plot Richmond Cemetery, Garden of Rest Grave B201.
Memorial ID 39203312 · View Source
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He was the son of a regular Army warrant officer of the Royal Munster Fusiliers who won the Military Medal in the First World War. He qualified for a career in the Customs & Excise Service, but on the outbreak of war, enlisted and was commissioned to the Royal Artillery in time to join the 5th Regiment Royal Horse Artillery shortly after it's return from Dunkirk. As a Forward Observation Officer in the fighting around Villers Bocage in June 1944, Victory had his Cromwell knocked out at close range but survived for the breakout from the east of the Normandy bridgehead and at the battle for Mount Pinçon. He was awarded an immediate Military Cross for killing the crew of an opposing anti-tank gun with a Bren light machinegun, not a usual role for a Gunner FOO, and ended the war in command of K Battery. He was mentioned in dispatches for his part in the North-West Europe campaign. Most unusually even in time of war, he was appointed OBE for his service in Korea — an MBE being the customary recognition for majors — and also received the US Bronze Star. Paddy Victory was a remarkable servant of both his country and his Church. He later served the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Basil Hume, as assistant for public affairs. In this role, he played a crucial part in the successful campaign to overturn the convictions of the Guildford 4, for the IRA bombings in Guildford and Woolwich in 1974, and of the Maguire 7 on related charges of making explosives.


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  • Added: 8 Jul 2009
  • Find a Grave Memorial 39203312
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Patrick Michael Victory (4 Oct 1919–10 Jul 2006), Find a Grave Memorial no. 39203312, citing Richmond and East Sheen Cemeteries, Richmond, London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, Greater London, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .