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John Byrne

  • Birth Sep 1832 Castlecomer, County Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Death 10 Jul 1879 Monmouthshire, Wales
  • Burial Newport, Newport, Wales
  • Memorial ID 7747303

Crimean War Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. He served as a Private in the 68th Regiment, Durham Light Infantry. On November 5, 1854, during the Battle of Inkerman, Crimea, when the regiment was ordered to retire, Private Byrne went back at the risk of his own life and brought in a wounded soldier under enemy fire. Again on May 11, 1955, Private Byrne in defending his position, engaged in a hand-to-hand combat with one of the enemy, killed the antagonist and captured his arms. For these acts of prestigious gallantry, he was awarded the Victoria Cross Medal and promoted Corporal.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 9 Aug 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7747303
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Byrne (Sep 1832–10 Jul 1879), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7747303, citing Saint Woolos Cemetery, Newport, Newport, Wales ; Maintained by Find A Grave .