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Sir Luke O’ Connor VC KCB

Luke O’Connor (20/01/1831 – 01/2/1915) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Crimean War in 1854.

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.

Sir Luke O'Connor VC 20/01/1831 - 01/02/1915 St Mary's RC Cem, London

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James Henry Reynolds VC

James Henry Reynolds (03/02/1844 – 04/03/1932) was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at Rorke’s Drift during the Zulu War in 1879.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 24734, Page: 3966, reads:

“Army Medical Department, Surgeon – Major James Henry Reynolds.

For the conspicuous bravery, during the attack at Rorke’s Drift on the 22nd and 23rd January, 1879, which he exhibited in his constant attention to the wounded under fire, and in his voluntarily conveying ammunition from the store to the defenders of the Hospital, whereby he exposed himself to a cross-fire from the enemy both in going and returning.”

He is buried in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in London. A commemorative plaque was also erected at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.  

James Reynolds VC 03/02/1844 -  04/03/1932 St Mary's RC Cem, London

Surg. James Henry Reynolds. VC.

Commemorative plaque for Surgeon James Henry Reynolds. VC. at the NMA..

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Thomas Joseph Crean VC, DSO

Thomas Joseph Crean (19/04/1873 – 25/03/1923)  was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions during the Anglo Boer War in 1901.

The Citation, recorded in the London Gazette of Issue: 27405, Page: 843, reads:

“1st Imperial Light Horse. Surgeon Captain Thomas Joseph Crean,  

During the action with De Wet at Tygerskloof on the 18th December 1901, this officer continued to attend to the wounded in the firing line under a heavy fire at only 150 yards range, after he himself had been wounded, and only desisted when he was hit a second time, and as it was first thought, mortally wounded.”

He is buried in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery in London.

Thomas Joseph Crean VC 19/04/1873 - 25/03/1923 St Marys RC Cem, London

There is also a plaque commemorating him at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

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