|William Bernard Traynor|
|Born||31 December 1870
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
|Died||20 October 1956 (aged 85)
|Buried at||Charlton Cemetery, Dover|
|Years of service||1888-1901|
|Unit||The West Yorkshire Regiment|
|Battles/wars||Second Boer War
World War I
William Bernard Traynor VC (31 December 1870 – 20 October 1956) was an English 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.
Traynor was born at 29 Moxon Street, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire. He was 30 years old and a sergeant in the 2nd Battalion, The West Yorkshire Regiment (The Prince of Wales's Own), British Army during the Second Boer War when the following act led to the award of the Victoria Cross:
During the night attack on Bothwell Camp on the 6th, February, 1901, Sergeant Traynor jumped out of a trench and ran out under an extremely heavy fire to the assistance of a wounded man. While running out he was severely wounded, and being unable to carry the man by himself he called for assistance. Lance-Corporal Lintott at once came to him and between them they carried the wounded soldier into shelter. After this, although severely wounded, Sergeant Traynor remained in command of his section, and was most cheerful, encouraging his men till the attack failed.
Traynor's Cross is held privately.
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (This England, 1997)
- Victoria Crosses of the Anglo-Boer War (Ian Uys, 2000)