Carlow’s V.C's

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Carlow’s V.C's

  1. 1. Carlow’s V.C. Winners By Jake Duggan of Co.Carlow Military Museum
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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)
  8. 8. 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."
  9. 9. John Lucas John Died on the 4th of March 1892 , Dublin and is buried in St.James churchyard. (Grave not marked)
  10. 10. John Lucas pictures:
  11. 11. More info. www.carlowmilitarymuseum.webs.com militarymuseum@live.ie Symbol of courage :- book on the V.C. http://www.facebook.com/carlowmilitarymuseum

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