John Divane

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John Divane
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born November 1823
Carrabane, County Galway
Died 1 December 1888 (aged 67)
Penzance, Cornwall
Buried at Penzance Cemetery
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Private
Unit 60th Rifles
Battles/wars Indian Mutiny
Awards Victoria Cross

John Divane (VC) (Also known as Devine and Duane) (November 1823 – 1 December 1888) 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.

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He was approximately 34 years old, and a private in the 1st Battalion, 60th Rifles (later The King's Royal Rifle Corps), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 10 September 1857 at Delhi, India for which he was awarded the VC:

For distinguished gallantry in heading a successful charge made by the Beeloochee and Seikh Troops on one of the Enemy's trenches before Delhi, on the 10th of September, 1857. He leaped out of our trenches, closely followed by the Native Troops, and was shot down from the top of the Enemy's breastworks. Elected by the Privates of the Regiment.

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Further information[edit]

He was born in Carrabane, County Galway and died at 1 New Street, Penzance, Cornwall on 1 December 1888 and, was buried in an unmarked grave in Penzance cemetery. A headstone was installed in 1995 during a ceremony attended by Field Marshal Lord Bramall and in 2015 a plaque was unveiled at 35 New Street, Penzance.[2]

Apparently only semi-literate, Duane put 'the tail' on the wrong side of his 'u' on his signature, which led to confusion about the correct spelling of his surname in official records. Duane is one of several soldiers from Carrabane (modern Kilconierin-Lickerrig-Clostoken parish) to fight with distinction in theatres of war throughout the nineteenth century.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No. 22347". The London Gazette. 20 January 1860. p. 178. 
  2. ^ "VC and general to be celebrated". The Cornishman. 18 June 2015. p. 11. 

Listed in order of publication year

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