John Barry (VC)

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John Barry
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Born (1873-02-01)1 February 1873
Kilkenny, Ireland
Died 8 January 1901(1901-01-08) (aged 27)
Monument Hill, Belfast, Transvaal
Buried at Belfast Cemetery, Traansvaal
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch  British Army
Years of service 1890-1901 
Rank Private
Unit The Royal Irish Regiment
Battles/wars
Awards Victoria Cross

John Barry VC (1 February 1873 – 8 January 1901) born St Mary's parish, Kilkenny, Ireland, 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.

Barry was 27 years old, and a private in the 1st Battalion, The Royal Irish Regiment, British Army during the Second Boer War when the following deed took place on 7/8 January 1901 at Monument Hill, South Africa for which he was awarded the VC:

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.[1]

His VC is on display at the Lord Ashcroft Gallery in the Imperial War Museum, London.

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  1. ^ The London Gazette: no. 27462. p. 5086. 8 August 1902. Retrieved 27 October 2009.

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