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VC08   Sir Luke O’Connor

BORN  20 January 1831

DIED   01 February 1915  AGE   83

VC Won 20 September 1854  AGE 23

Place VC Won  Battle of the Alma & Sebastopol, Crimea

War/Campaign  Crimean War

Name   Sir Luke O’Connor   No.            

VC Issue No.   8   Awards   VC   KCB   CB

Regiment   23rd Regiment

Later   Royal Welch Fusiliers

Now   1st Battalion The Royal Welch

Rank VC Won   Sergeant

Rank End Of Career   Major-General

Place Of Birth   Elphin, Co. Roscommon, Ireland

Place Of Death   Clarges Street, Picadilly, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes  St Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery, Harrow Road, Kensal Rise, London, England


Date Buried/Cremated     04 February 1915    

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Plot 1100

Gazetted 24 February 1857

VC Presented   26 June 1857 by Queen Victoria at Hyde Park, London, England


P  Headstone St Marys R.C. Cemetery, Kensal Green, London

P  Plaque at Roman Catholic Church, Farm Street, Mayfair, London

Luke O'Connor House, (community resource centre), Barracks Field estate, off Kingsmill Road, Hightown, Wrexham, Clywd, Wales

P  Plaque St Giles parish church, Wrexham

Baptismal Font, St Patricks Catholic Church, Elpin, Co Roscommon, Ireland

By The Way…

Joined the welch fusiliers at 17 in 1849, retired a Major General 1887

VC Held By

Regimental Museum of the Royal Welch Fusiliers, The Queen's Tower, Caernarfon Castle, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, Wales



VC 7 VC 9

With the Royal Welch Fusiliers he took and carried the Queens colours, during the advance at the Battle of Alma, until wounded and did the same at Sebastopol until wounded.

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