William Traynor

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William Bernard Traynor
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born 31 December 1870
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire
Died 20 October 1956 (aged 85)
Dover, Kent
Buried Charlton Cemetery, Dover
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Years of service 1888-1901
Rank Sergeant
Unit The West Yorkshire Regiment
Battles/wars Second Boer War
World War I
Awards Victoria Cross

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.[1]

Traynor's Cross is held privately.


  1. ^ "No. 27356". The London Gazette. 17 September 1901. p. 6101. 

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