John Joseph Caffrey (23/10/1891 – 22/02/1953) was awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War in November 1915.
The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Supplement: 29447, Page: 945, reads:
“No. 9730 Private John Caffrey, 2nd Battalion, The York and Lancaster Regiment.
For most conspicuous bravery on 16th November, 1915, near La Brique.
A man of the West Yorkshire Regiment .had been badly wounded and was lying in the open unable to move in full view of and about 300 to 400 yards from the enemy’s trenches. Corporal Stirk, Royal -Army Medical Corps, and Private Caffrey at once started out to rescue him, but at the first 0 attempt they were driven back by shrapnel fire. Soon afterwards they started again under close sniping and machine-gun fire, and succeeded in reaching and bandaging the wounded man. but, just as Corporal Stirk had lifted him on Private Caffrey’s back, he himself was shot in the head. Private Caffrey put down the wounded man, bandaged Corporal Stirk and helped him back into safety. He then returned and brought in the man of the West Yorkshire Regiment. He had made three journeys across the. open under close and accurate fire and had risked his own life to save others with the utmost coolness and bravery.”
He is buried in Wilford Hill Cemetery, Nottingham
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