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Eighteen men from or connected with County Tipperary were recommended for and received The Victoria Cross medal, which is Britain's highest military award for bravery. The County Tipperary is notable as being the home of the only three men from the same family all to have been awarded The Victoria Cross. Although there are other instances of two brothers, or a father & son, winning that medal, the Gough family of Clonmel are unique in having won three V.C.'s. Another Tipperary man, J. F. O'Brien, was nominated for a V.C. , but died on leave at home in Cashel in 1915 before it could be awarded to him.

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BRADSHAW,William. Assistant Surgeon, served with 50th.Regiment in The Crimean Campaign, then with the 90th. Light Infantry Regiment (later called The Cameronian Scottish Rifles) in India Born Thurles, County Tipperary 12th. February 1830. Awarded Crimean Medal with Sebastobol Bar, & Turkish Crimean Medal Awarded The VictoriaCross for bravery at Lucknow during The Indian Mutiny. Medal on view in the RAMC Museum, Aldershot, England. Died Thurles, 9th. March 1861, buried in St. Mary's churchyard, Thurles. There is a memorial mural inside the church.


Corporal, 2nd. Battalion, The Leinster Regiment

Born Thurles, County Tipperary, 27 October 1890. Memorial Tablet in St. Mary's Church, Thurles. Awarded The Victoria Cross, for conspicuous bravery on 12 April 1917 at Bois-en-Hache, France Died in hospital of wounds in France 16 April 1917. Buried in Barlin Cemetery, Noeux-les-Mines, Grave 39, Row A, Plot 1

DONOHOE, Patrick.

Private, 9th. Lancer's (The Queen's Regiment)

Born Nenagh, County Tipperary 1820 Awarded The Victoria Cross for bravery on 28th. September 1857 at Bolundshuhur, during The Indian Mutiny Died in Ashbourne, County Meath, 16th. August, 1876. Buried in Donaghmore R.C. churchyard

ESMONDE, Eugene Kingsmill,

Lieutenant Commander, Officer- Commanding 825 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm, H.M.S. "Daedelus".

Pilot of Fairey Swordfish fighter/torpedo-bomber

Born Dromanagh, County Tipperary, son of Dr. John J. & Mrs. July Esmonde. Former flying boat captain of Australian & British mail service. Joined Fleet Air Arm of The Royal Navy in 1939. Served in aircraft carriers H.M.S"Courageous", H.M.S."Victorious" & H.M.S. "Daedelus" Awarded the Victoria Cross for leading 6 Swordfish aircraft of 825 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm in an attack on 12 February 1942 upon a German battleship group ("Scharnhorst", Gneisenau" & "Prinz Eugen") Died on 12 February 1942, when his aircraft crashed in flames into The English Channel during the attack. Buried in Naval Registration Grave No: 187, (R.C.) Gillingham (Woodlands) Cemetery, Kent, England.  
FITZGIBBON, Arthur Born County Tipperary Awarded the Victoria Cross when working as an Hospital Apprentice of the Indian Medical Establishment at the seige of North Taku Fort in China on 21 August 1860    
GARVIN, Stephen

Colour Sergeant

Born Cashel, County Tipperary, son of James Garvin and Frances (nee) Ryan, baptised 19 August 1825. Joined 64th. Regiment July 1842 aged 16. Transferred to 60th. Rifles, Kings Rifle Corps, India.. Later became Sergeant Major in the 64th. Awarded The Victoria Cross for gallantry on 23 June 1857 during an action in India. Also held Punjab War Medal with two clasps, Indian Mutiny War Medal withone clasp, and Distinguished Conduct Medal. Took part in Punjab Campaign, Mooltan & Gujerat Campaigns,Indian Mutiny Campaign. Delhi. Was married 4 times had two daughters. Died 24 November 1874, buried in cemetery of St. Andrew's Church, Cashel.  
GOUGH, Sir Charles John Stanley, General 5th. Bengal European Cavalry (later called The Munster Fusiliers). Later became Major General of The Hyderabad Contingent (1885)

(Cousin of Viscount Gough, 2nd. son of George Gough, brother of Brigadier General Sir Hugh Henry Gough V.C., father of Brigadier General John Edmund Gough V.C.)

Born County Tipperary 28th. January 1832. Joined Bengal Cavalry at age 16. Served in Indian Mutiny, Afghan War, Punjab Campaign Received a Brevet Majority and The Victoria Cross on 15th. August 1857, 18th. August 1857, 27th. January 1858, 23rd. February 1858 during the Indian Mutiny Died Innislonagh, Clonmel, County Tipperary 6th. September 1912, buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Clonmel

GOUGH, Sir Hugh Henry joined 3rd. Bengal Cavalry as a Lieutenant in 1853

(3rd. son of George Gough, brother of Major General Sir Charles John Stanley Gough V.C.)

Born Rathonan House, Clonmel, County Tipperary 14th. November 1833. Served in Abysinnia, The Afghan War and The Indian Mutiny Awarded The Victoria Cross for bravery during the Indian Mutiny Died 12th. May 1909, aged 76 serving in The Tower of London. Buried with military honours in Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

GOUGH, John Edmund.

Son of Sir C. J. S. Gough,V.C. & nephew of Sir. H. H. Gough,V.C.

NOTE: The GOUGH's are the only family to have been awarded 3 V.C.'s

Born 1872, probably in India (Chittagong?). Took part in military campaigns in Africa - Abysinnia, South Africa & Somalia Awarded Brevet of Major, and the King's & Queen's Medals with five clasps. Awarded The Victoria Cross for bravery on 22nd. April 1903 at Daratoleh, Somaliland Died at Estaire, North-East France 22nd. February 1915 (aged 43) of wounds received in action two days previously.

HACKETT, Thomas Bernard.

Lieutenant Colonel, 23rd. Regiment Royal Welch Fusiliers

Born the son of Thomas Hackett, Moor Park, Riverstown, County Tipperary on 15th. June 1836. Served in the Crimean Campaign and in the Indian Campaign Awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery on 18th. November 1857 at Secundra Bragh, Lucknow, India during the Indian Mutiny, aged 21. Died near Arraboy, County Offaly 5th. October 1880.Buried in the HACKETT family vault, Lockeen Churchyard, Borrisokane, County Tipperary

MOYNEY, John. Lance-Sergeant, 2nd. Battalion, Irish Guards Born 8th. January 1895 Rathdowney, County Laois Awarded The Victoria Cross for bravery on 12 & 13 September 1917 Broembroeck, Flanders, Belgium, aged 22 Died 10th.November 1980. Buried in Roscrea, R.C. Cemetery, County Tipperary
MURPHY, Michael Born in County Tipperary. Served during The Indian Mutiny as a Farrier in the 2nd. Battalion of The Military Train. Later became Farrier-Major of the 7th.Hussars Awarded The Victoria Cross for bravery in India on15 April 1858 saving the life of the Adjutant of the 3rd. Sikh Cavalry during the pursuit of Koer Singh's army from Azimghur Died on 5 March 1872  
O'BRIEN, James Francis Born in Cashel, County Tipperary Nominated for The Victoria Cross, but died before it could be awarded to him. Did receive the French "Legion d'Honneur" Died at home, 16 December 1916. Buried in The Rock of Cashel Graveyard  
O'MEARA, Martin Born 31 December 1882, Curcragha, Terryglass,County Tipperary. Migrated to Western Australia & joined Australian Army. Awarded The Victoria Cross for outstanding courage at Poziers, France 9-12 August 1916, serving with Australian Infantry, 16th. Battalion Died in Claremont,Perth, Western Australia 20 December 1935, aged 52
Field Marshal ROBERTS, Frederick Sleigh (The First Earl Roberts)

Created an Earl and made a K.G. (Knight of the Garter) in 1901

Became Commander-in-Chief of The British Army 1901-1904

Born Cawnpore, India 1832. Served in the Bengal Artillery.

Son of Sir Abraham Roberts, his mother came from Tipperary

Awarded the Victoria Cross in 1851 during the Indian Mutiny, aged 19. Became a Commander in the Boer War, South Africa. Relieved the seige of Kimberly in 1900 Died on The Western Front in France 1914  
ROUPELL, George Rowland Patrick, born in County Tipperary 4 April 1892. Son of Colonel F. & Mrs. E.P. Roupell, nee Bryden. Educated Sandhurst Military academy, commissioned as Second Lieutenant 2 March 1912, promoted Lieutenant 29 April 1914 Went to France as part of the British Expeditionary Force with the East Surrey Regiment, August 1914. Fought at Battles of Mons, Le Cateau, Retreat from Mons, Marne, Aisne & the First Battle of Ypres Awarded The Victoria Cross in April 1915 for maintaining command of a Company under heavy fire on Hill 60 at Ypres, Belgium. He also received The Order of St. George of Russia Promoted Adjutant East Surrey Regiment, then G.S.O.3 XVIIth. Army Corps & G.S.O.3 Third Army, later became Brigade Major of 105th. Army Brigade December 1916  
RYAN, John.

Lance Corporal

Born Barnsleigh, County Tipperary 1839. Joined 65th. (York & Lancaster) Regiment. Fought in The Maori War. Awarded The Victoria Cross for bravery near Cameron Town, New Zealand on 7 September 1863 John Ryan drowned near Tuaka, New Zealand on 29 December 1863 whilst rescuing a friend.  
SOMERS, James. Sergeant, 1st. Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Born 12th. June 1893 Belturbet, County Cavan. His father lived in Cloughjordan, County Tipperary. Awarded The Victoria Cross for bravery 1 & 2 July 1915 during the Gallipoli Campaign, in Turkey, aged 22 Died 7th. May 1918 in Cloughjordan, County Tipperary, from the after-effects of gas poisoning, buried in St. Kiernan's churchyard.

This page will be updated with the details of Tipperary winners of other medals from other conflicts as FOTG continue their research.

This list below gives details of Tipperary medal-winners of World War 1. The list is in alphabetical order, and the medals for each person are not shown in order of "importance". However, note the French "Legion d'Honneur" medal awarded to J. F. O'Brien of Cashel, who sadly died before he could receive the V.C. (the highest award for bravery given by Britain). TheLegion d'Honneur is the highest bravery award given by France - a rare honour for someone not born a Frenchman. World War 2 medal-winners will be listed later on this page.

AHERN, J Tipperary Leinster Regiment South African War Medal  
ARTHUR, J. A. Cashel Life Guards South African War Medal  
BANKS, F Carrick-on-Suir Royal Irish Regiment Military Medal  
BANNON, M Roscrea Cheshire Regiment Military Medal  
BIANCONI, Mary Cashel First Aid Nursing Yeomanry Corps Military Medal  
BOLGER, J County Tipperary Royal Munster Fusiliers Distinguished Conduct Medal  
BURNS, W Tipperary The King's Liverpool Regiment ("The Liverpool Irish") Military Medal  
CAWLEY, J County Tipperary Irish Guards Military Medal  
CHAMBERS, A Carrick-on-Suir 19th.Hussars Good Conduct Medal, 1915 Star, King's South Africa Medal, Queen's South Africa Medal  
CUNNINGHAM, J Thurles Leinster Regiment Victoria Cross  
FAHEY, (Father) Rossmore, later of Perth, Australia Chaplain Major to Australian troops Distinguished Service Order for service in Gallipoli and France  
FANNING, John Knockgraffon, Cahir Connaught Rangers, 6th. Battalion Delhi Durbar 1911 medal for service in India, 1914 Star  
HOURIGAN, W Tipperary 18th. Hussars Good Conduct Medal, King's South Africa Medal, Queen's South Africa Medal  
IRELAND, H. R. H. Clonmel 3rd. Leinster Regiment, attached to Royal Munster Fusiliers

Military Cross

KELLY, Edmund Newtown, New Inn, Co. Tipperary Military Chaplain

Military Cross

LUCAS, G Roscrea Royal Irish Rifles Military Medal  
Mc CARTHY, D Carrick-on-Suir Royal Garrison Artillery Military Medal  
Mc GRATH, J Spittal 4th. Hussars 1914 Star  
MAHER, J Mullinahone The Border Regiment

Military Medal

MORRISEY, P Cashel Royal Air Force Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) [1944]  
MOULSON, C.E.   Life Guards, 11th. Hussars, (Cavalry) Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM)  
MOYNEY, J Roscrea Irish Guards Victoria Cross  
O'BRIEN, J Tipperary Town Royal Irish Regiment Military Medal  
O'BRIEN, J. F. Cashel Royal Field Artillery

Medaille Militaire Legion d'Honneur,

Was recommended for The Victoria Cross, but died at home on leave before it could be awarded.

O'MEARA, M Terryglass Australian Infantry

Victoria Cross

POWER, E Clogheen Royal Irish Regiment Military Cross  
ROUPELL, G. R. P. County Tipperary East Surrey Regiment

Victoria Cross, (Russian) Order of St. George

RYAN, C Cappawhite Royal Irish Regiment Military Medal  
RYAN, D Drombane Irish Guards Military Medal  
SHIELS, M Thurles Royal Irish Regiment Military Medal  
SOMERS. J Cloughjordan Inniskilling Fusiliers

Victoria Cross

TOBIN, P Templetuohy 7th. Leinster Regiment Military Medal  
WALL, J Cahir Royal Field Artillery Distinguished Conduct Medal  
WALSH, W Carrick-on-Suir Royal Irish Regiment Military Medal  
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