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James Byrne (VC)

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Role  Armed force officer
Awards  Victoria Cross
Name  James Byrne
Rank  Sergeant
Battles/wars  Indian Mutiny
Service/branch  British Army
Unit  86th Regiment of Foot

James Byrne (VC)
Buried at  Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin
Died  December 6, 1872, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Place of burial  Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Battles and wars  Indian Rebellion of 1857

James Byrne VC (Irish: Séamus Ó Broin; 1822 – 6 December 1872) was an Irish 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.



Byrne was about 36 years old, and a private in the 86th Regiment of Foot (later the Royal Irish Rifles), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 3 April 1858 at Jhansi, India for which he and Captain Henry Edward Jerome were awarded the VC.

For gallant conduct on the 3rd of April, 1858, at the attack of the Fort of Jhansi, in carrying Lieutenant Sewell, who was lying badly wounded, to a place of safety, under a very heavy fire, assisted by Captain Jerome, in the performance of which act he was wounded by a sword cut.

Further information

He later achieved the rank of sergeant. He died in north Dublin.

The medal

His Victoria Cross is displayed at The Royal Ulster Rifles Museum in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


James Byrne (VC) Wikipedia

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