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John Augustus Conolly
Depiction of the Siege of Sebastopol
Born (1829-05-30)May 30, 1829
Died December 23, 1888(1888-12-23) (aged 59)
Place of birth Celbridge, County Kildare
Place of death Curragh, County Kildare
Buried at Mount Jerome Cemetery, Dublin
Allegiance  United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Lieutenant Colonel
Unit 49th Regiment of Foot
Coldstream Guards
Battles/wars Crimean War
Awards Victoria Cross

Lieutenant Colonel John Augustus Conolly VC (30 May 1829 – 23 December 1888), born in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland, 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.

Details[]

He was 25 years old, and a lieutenant in the 49th Regiment of Foot, British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 26 October 1854 at Sebastopol, the Crimea, an attack by the Russians was repulsed and the enemy fell back pursued by men of the 49th Regiment, led by Lieutenant Conolly, whose gallant behaviour was most conspicuous in this action. He ultimately fell, dangerously wounded, while in personal encounter with several Russians, in defence of his post.

Further information[]

He was a younger son of Edward Michael Conolly MP by his wife Catherine Jane, daughter of Chambré Brabazon Ponsonby-Barker MP.[1] Born in Ireland he was educated in England at King Edward's School, Birmingham. He later achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He died in the magistrates house Curragh Camp, Co Kildare, 23 December 1888 and is buried in Mount Jerome Cemetery. By his wife Ida Charlotte, daughter of Edwyn Burnaby, he had several children.[1]

The medal[]

Conolly's Victoria Cross is displayed at The Grenadier Guards Regimental Headquarters in London.

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Listed in order of publication year

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