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 John Barry

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John Barry

  • Birth 1 Feb 1873 County Kilkenny, Ireland
  • Death 8 Jan 1901 South Africa
  • Burial Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Memorial ID 8543842

2nd Boer War Victoria Cross Medal Recipient. Born in Kilkenny, Ireland, he served as a Private in the 1st Battalion, Royal Irish Regiment, British Army. At Monument Hill, South Africa, in the late night of January 7 and early morning of January 8, 1901, Private Barry's position was attacked by enemy Boer forces. Although surrounded by the Boers, Private Barry fought and smashed the breach of his Maxim gun, thus rendering it useless to its captors. In doing so he gave his life for his fellow soldiers and country. For gallantry in the face of the enemy, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross Medal.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Originally Created by: Peterborough "K"
  • Added: 21 Mar 2004
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8543842
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Barry (1 Feb 1873–8 Jan 1901), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8543842, citing Belfast Cemetery, Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa ; Maintained by Find A Grave .