John Barry VC.

John Barry (01/02/1873 – 08/01/1901) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Monument Hill, Belfast, South Africa on the 7th and 8th of January 1901. 

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 27462, Page: 5086, reads:

“No. 3733 Private J. Barry, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Regiment.

During the night attack on the 7th and 8th January, 1901, on Monument Hill, Private Barry, although surrounded and threatened by the Boers at the time, smashed the breach of the Maxim gun, thus rendering it useless to its captors, and it was in doing this splendid act for his country that he met his death.” 

His grave may be found in Belfast War cemetery. However, the original steel marker has his initial as “T” instead of “J”.

He is also listed on the 21st Royal Irish Regiment Memorial, inscribed “… who were killed or died from wounds received in action at Monument Hill, Belfast on 07 and 08 January 1901”  

Belfast War Cemetery

Belfast War Cemetery

The grave of Pte John Barry VC.

The grave of Pte John Barry VC.

“During the night attack on the 7th and 8th January, 1901, on Monument Hill, Private Barry, although surrounded and threatened by the Boers at the time, smashed the breach of the Maxim gun, thus rendering: it useless to its captors, and it was in doing this splendid act for his country that he met his death.”

21st Royal Irish Regiment Memorial

21st Royal Irish Regiment Memorial

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