John Ryan (VC 1918)
Private Edward John Francis Ryan VC c. 1919
|Birth name||Edward John Francis Ryan|
9 February 1890|
Tumut, New South Wales
|Died||3 June 1941
Royal Melbourne Hospital, Victoria
|Service/branch||Australian Imperial Force|
|Years of service||1915–20|
First World War
Edward John Francis Ryan, VC (9 February 1890 – 3 June 1941), better known as John Ryan, was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 30 September 1918 at the Hindenburg Defences, France, when the enemy succeeded in establishing a bombing party in the rear of the battalion's recently won position, Private Ryan, on his own initiative, organized and led a party of men with bombs and bayonets against the enemy. He reached the position with only three men and they succeeded in driving the enemy back. Private Ryan cleared the last of them alone, finally falling wounded himself.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Australian War Memorial (Canberra, Australia).