John Joseph Caffrey
John Caffrey (left)
|Born||23 October 1891|
Birr, Kings County, Ireland
|Died||22 February 1953 (age 61)|
Southern Cemetery, Nottingham
York and Lancaster Regiment
|Battles/wars||World War I|
World War II
|Awards|| 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 British Army in 1910. He was 24 years old, and a private in the 2nd Battalion, York and Lancaster Regiment, of the 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.
Cigarette card colourised photograph of John Caffrey VC
Listed in order of publication year
- 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.
- Ireland's 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 (Nottinghamshire)