John Caffrey

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John Joseph Caffrey
John Joseph Caffrey VC.jpg
John Caffrey (left)
Born 23 October 1891
Birr, Kings County, Ireland
Died 22 February 1953
Derby, England
Buried at Southern Cemetery, Nottingham
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lance-Corporal
Unit Sherwood Foresters
York and Lancaster Regiment
Home Guard
Battles/wars World War I
World War II
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross
Cross of St. George (4th Class) (Russia)

John Joseph Caffrey VC (23 October 1891 – 22 February 1953), was an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that is awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Caffrey left Ireland at an early age and settled in Nottingham (a city in Nottinghamshire, England), joining the army in 1910.[1] He was 24 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, British Army during the First World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 16 November 1915 near La Brique, France, a man was badly wounded and lying in the open unable to move, in full view of and about 350 yards (320 m) from the enemy's trenches. A corporal of the RAMC and Private Caffrey at once tried to rescue him, but at the first attempt were driven back by shrapnel from enemy fire. They tried again and succeeded in reaching and bandaging the wounded man. However, just as they were lifting him up, the RAMC corporal was shot in the head. Private Caffrey bandaged the corporal and helped him back to safety, and then returned and brought in the other wounded man.[2]

He later achieved the rank of Sergeant and served in the Home Guard during World War II. He died in Derby, England on 22 February 1953.

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The York and Lancaster Regiment Museum within the Clifton Park Museum in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England.


  1. ^ "John Caffrey Vc". Retrieved 2016-01-02. 
  2. ^ "No. 29447". The London Gazette (Supplement). 22 January 1916. p. 945. 

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