The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 21971, Page: 659, reads:
“23rd Regiment. Lieutenant Luke O’Connor.
During the Crimean War, the 23rd Foot were part of the British force sent to the Crimea. On 20 September 1854, at the Battle of the Alma, Sergeant O’Connor was advancing between two officers, carrying the Colour, when one of them was mortally wounded. Sergeant O’Connor was also shot at the same time, but recovering himself, he snatched up the Colour from the ground and continued to carry it until the end of the action, although urged to retire to the rear on account of his wounds. He also acted with great gallantry at the assault on the Redan (8 September 1855) where he was shot through both thighs.”
The Victoria Cross was created in 1856 and Luke O’Connor was one of the 62 Crimean veterans invested with it during a ceremony in Hyde Park. He was the first recipient from the Army, as opposed to the Royal Navy.
He is buried in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in Kensal Rise in London.
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