John McGovern (VC)

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John McGovern
Born (1825-05-16)16 May 1825
Tullyhaw, County Cavan
Died 22 November 1888(1888-11-22) (aged 63)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Buried at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Hamilton
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Bengal Army
Years of service 1845–1862
Rank Corporal
Unit 1st Bengal European Fusiliers
Awards Victoria Cross

John McGovern VC (16 May 1825 – 22 November 1888) (Also known as McGOWAN) was born in the parish of Templeport in Tullyhaw, County Cavan, Ireland, 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.


He was 32 years old, and a private in the 1st Bengal European Fusiliers (later The Royal Munster Fusiliers), Bengal Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 23 June 1857 at Delhi, India for which he was awarded the VC:

For gallant conduct during the operations before Delhi, but more especially on the 23rd of June, 1857, when he carried into camp a wounded comrade under a very heavy fire from the enemy's battery, at the risk of his own life.


Further information[edit]

McGovern emigrated to Canada and died in Hamilton, Ontario, in November 1888.[2]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Army Museum (Chelsea, England).