Thomas Byrne (VC)
|Died||15 March 1944 (aged 77)
|Buried at||West Gate Cemetery, Canterbury|
|Years of service||1887 - 1909|
Thomas Byrne, VC (Irish: Tomás Ó Broin; December 1866 Dublin – 15 March 1944) was an Irish British Army soldier. He was the recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
On 2 September 1898 at the Battle of Omdurman, Sudan, Private Byrne turned back in the middle of the charge of the 21st Lancers and went to the assistance of a lieutenant of the Royal Horse Guards who was wounded, dismounted, disarmed and being attacked by several Dervishes. Private Byrne already wounded, attacked these Dervishes, received a second severe wound and by his gallant conduct enabled the officer to escape.
Awards and medals
|Victoria Cross||Queen's Sudan Medal||Queen's South Africa Medal
with "Transvaal", "Orange Free State"
and "Cape Colony" clasps
|Meritorious Service Medal||Khedive's Sudan Medal
with "Khartoum" clasp
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)