Carlow’s V.C. Winners By Jake Duggan of Co.Carlow Military Museum
What is the V.C.? The V.C or Victoria cross is the highest , most prestigious award for bravery , awarded to any soldier , seaman or airman that is a member of the British military.
Carlow’s V.C’s Carlow has 2 V.C.’s received by men born and bred in this county. They are John Lyons and John Lucas.
John Lyons John Lyons who was born in Carlow (1823) , was awarded the Victory Cross for his actions at Sevastopol in the Crimea , his sightation reads : On 10 June 1855 at Sevastopol, in the Crimea, Private Lyons picked up a live shell which had fallen among the guard of the trenches, and threw it over the parapet, thus saving many lives.
John Lyons John died in Naas Co. Kildare on the 20th of April 1867 (to this day we do not know where his exact grave is). This picture is his death-mask, as just before burial a local photographer wanted a picture , his family "propped" him up on a chair with full uniform and medals.
John Lyons Pictures:Painting depicting Johns The last picture of John , he isactions for which he would actually dead in this photo.receive the V.C.
John Lucas John Lucas (Colour Sergeant, 40th Regiment) was Carlows Second recipient of the V.C. was born in Clashganny , Borris in the year 1826 He was one of only two men to receive the V.C. for actions in the Taranaki-Maori War, New Zealand (c.1860- 1861)
John Lucas His sightation reads: "18 March 1861 - Near the Huirangi Bush in New Zealand , he was one of a party of skirmishers ambushed by Maoris. Under heavy fire, he ran to assist a wounded lieutenant and sent him to the rear. He collected the arms of the dead and wounded and, taking post behind a tree, returned enemy fire for fifteen minutes until support arrived."
John Lucas John Died on the 4th of March 1892 , Dublin and is buried in St.James churchyard. (Grave not marked)