John Danaher

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John Danaher
John Danaher.jpg
Born 25 June 1860
Limerick
Died 9 January 1919 (aged 58)
Portsmouth, England
Buried at Milton Cemetery, Portsmouth, England
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch South African Forces
Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1880 - 1908
Rank Sergeant
Unit Nourse's Horse (Transvaal), South African Forces
2nd Battalion, Connaught Rangers
Battles/wars First Boer War
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

John Danaher VC also known as John Danagher (25 June 1860 – 9 January 1919) 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.

Early life[edit]

Born in Limerick, Ireland, Danaher moved to South Africa shortly after completion of his schooling. Upon the outbreak of the First Boer War, Danaher joined the Nourse's Horse (Transvaal), South African Forces.

Military career[edit]

He was 20 years old, and a Trooper, on an excursion from Pretoria with the Nourse's Horse (Transvaal) when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 16 January 1881 at Elandsfontein, near Pretoria, South Africa, Trooper Danaher, with a lance-corporal of the Connaught Rangers, (James Murray) advanced for 500 yards under heavy fire from a party of about 60 of the enemy, and brought out of action a private who had been severely wounded.

Danaher resigned from the Nourse's Horse in March 1881, and subsequently joined a British Army unit, the Connaught Rangers. He returned to Limerick with the Rangers in 1882, and later achieved the rank of sergeant before retiring from military service in 1908. Danaher moved to Portsmouth, becoming a publican. He was landlord of the Dog & Duck Public House at 115 Fratton Road, Portsmouth from 1913 until his death on 9 January 1919. His wife, Mrs B. Danagher, succeeded him as Landlady and his son subsequently took over as Landlord in 1936/7.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Army Museum (Chelsea, England).

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