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