Gerald Robert O'Sullivan
|Gerald Robert O'Sullivan|
8 November 1888|
Frankfield, Douglas, County Cork
|Died||21 August 1915
Suvla, Gallipoli, Turkey
|Buried at||Remembered on the Helles Memorial|
|Years of service||- 1915 †|
|Unit||1st Battalion, The Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers|
|Battles/wars||First World War - Battle of Gallipoli|
Gerald Robert O'Sullivan VC (8 November 1888, Frankfield, Douglas, County Cork – 21 August 1915) 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 26 years old, and a captain in the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross.
On 1 July/2 July 1915 south-west of Krithia, Gallipoli, Turkey, Captain O'Sullivan volunteered to lead a party of bomb throwers to recapture a vital trench. He advanced in the open under very heavy fire and in order to throw his bombs with greater effect, got up on the parapet, completely exposed to the enemy occupying the position. He was finally wounded, but his example led his men to make further efforts which resulted in the recapture of the trench. Previously, on 18 June/19 June he had saved a critical situation by his gallantry and leadership.
Listed in order of publication year
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (1981, 1988 and 1997)
- Clarke, Brian D. H. (1986). "A register of awards to Irish-born officers and men". The Irish Sword XVI (64): 185–287.
- Irelands VCs ISBN 1-899243-00-3 (Dept of Economic Development 1995)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)