|Died||11 May 1895 (aged 62-63)
|Buried at||Friar's Bush graveyard, Stranmillis|
|Unit||13th Regiment of Foot|
Patrick Carlin VC (1832 – 11 May 1895), of Belfast, County Antrim, 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.
When Carlin was approximately 26 years old, he served as a private in the 1st Battalion, 13th Regiment of the British Army, later known as The Somerset Light Infantry (Prince Albert's), during the Indian Mutiny when on 6 April 1858 at Azumgurh, India, he did the deed for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross:
For the Act of Bravery recorded in a General Order, issued by the Commander-in-Chief in India, of which the following is a copy:
Head- Quarters, Allahabad, June 29, 1858.
" GENERAL ORDER.
" The Commander-in-Chief in India directs that the undermentioned Soldier, of the 13th Foot, be presented, in the name of Her Most Gracious Majesty, with a Medal of the Victoria Cross, for valour and daring in the field, viz.:
Private Patrick Carlin, No. 3611, of the 13th Foot, for rescuing, on the 6th of April, 1858, a wounded Naick of the 4th Madras Rifles, in the field of battle, after killing, with the Naick's sword, a mutineer sepoy, who fired at him whilst bearing off his wounded comrade on his shoulders.
(Signed) C. CAMPBELL, General, Commander-in-Chief, East Indies.
He died in the Belfast Union Infirmary 11 May 1895, and was buried in the Friar's Bush graveyard on Stranmillis Road, Belfast; he has no memorial. His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Somerset Light Infantry Museum, Taunton, Somerset.
- 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 (Dept of Economic Development 1995)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)
- Location of grave and VC medal (Belfast, Northern Ireland)