1873 – Victoria Cross recipient, John Barry is born in Kilkenny.

John Barry, who would be awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his bravery during a Boer War incident is born in Kilkenny.

His citation reads “During the night attack on the 7th and 8th January, 1901, on Monument Hill, Private Barry, although surrounded and threatened by the Boers at the time, smashed the breach of the Maxim gun, thus rendering it useless to its captors, and it was in doing this splendid act for his country that he met his death.” Like many Irish at the time, Barry enlisted into the Royal Irish Regiment (December 1890) and saw active service in India before his involvement in the Boer War.

Barry’s VC medal was sold at auction in 2000 for £85000.



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