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Irish recipient's of the Victoria Cross

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John Lyons VC (1823-1867)

Image by Paul F. WilsonJohn Lyons born Carlow in 1823 was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was approx. 32 years old, and a Private in the 19th Regiment (later The Yorkshire Regiment - Alexandra, Princess of Wales's Own), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 10 June 1855 at Sebastopol, in the Crimea, Private Lyons picked up a live shell which had fallen among the guard of the trenches, and threw it over the parapet, thus saving many lives.

He later achieved the rank of Corporal. He died Naas County Kildare20 April 1867.

“One of the most bizarre photographs of an Irish Crimean veteran,” David Murphy writes, “is the study of Corporal John Lyons of the 19th Foot. Lyons, a native of Carlow, who won the Victoria Cross for his bravery on 10 June 1855, returned to Ireland after the war. He died in Naas in April 1867 and his relatives dressed him in his uniform, attached his medals and prepared him for burial. They then decided that, as Lyons looked so spruce, to have his photograph taken and propped his body in a chair for the local photographer. This photograph has been used in works on the Victoria Cross ... but usually only the head and shoulders of the study is used. The full photograph is pretty macabre.”

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Green Howards Museum (Richmond, Yorkshire, England).

You can read more information on John Lyons here: http://www.greenhowards.org.uk/html-files/vcgc-lyons.htm

Crimean War


John Lucas VC (1823-1892)

John Lucas born Glasgomy Bagenalstown Co Carlow 1827 was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

He was approx. 34 years old, and a Colour-Sergeant in the 40th Regiment (later The South Lancashire Regiment - The Prince of Wales's Volunteers), British Army during the Taranaki Maori War, New Zealand when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 18 March 1861 in New Zealand, Colour-Sergeant Lucas was with a party employed as skirmishers, when they were suddenly ambushed. Three men were wounded, two of them mortally and help was called for, but when a relief party arrived one of them fell and a lieutenant was also wounded. Sergeant Lucas, under heavy fire from the rebels, who were not more than 30 yards away, immediately ran to the assistance of the officer and sent a man with him to the rear. He then took charge of the arms, belonging to the killed and wounded until the arrival of support troops.

He later achieved the rank of Sergeant-Major. He died in Dublin 29 February 1892.


James Thomas Byford McCudden V.C., D.S.O. & Bar, M.C. and Bar, M.M.,

(1895-1918)

James McCudden pictured in the Daily Mail on Monday 7th January 1918 when he was given the Victoria Cross in 1918

Sons of William & Amelia McCudden (nee Byford) of "Pitlochry", 37 Burton Road, Kingston-on-Thames, London..

The reason for the claim to Carlow is that their father was born in Carlow (Sergeant-Major William H. McCudden and his wife Amelia) and at the time of his sons birth's, they were based in England. So by mishap in the fathers posting they were born away from Carlow, so it is a good claim as a third Victoria Cross for Carlow and Ireland in general.

McCudden died in a flying accident and not in combat. On July 9th 1918, his aeroplane suffered engine failure after taking off and he was killed in the accident.

Major James Thomas Byford McCudden was credited in World War One with the largest numer of decorations including a Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and a bar to his Military Cross. Combined with his VC and MM, McCudden was one of the most decorated combatants of World War One.

The McCudden Brothers


  • Carlow’s V.C's from Co Carlow Military Museum

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