|Born||March 19, 1859|
|Died||February 20, 1945(aged 85)|
|Place of birth||Kilballyowen, Bruff, Co. Limerick|
|Place of death||Wells, Somerset|
|Buried at||Wells Cemetery, Somerset|
|Unit||Bombay Medical Service, Indian Army|
|Battles/wars||Karen-Ni Expedition, Burma|
Colonel John Crimmin VC CB CIE VD (19 March 1859, at Kilballyowen, Bruff, Co. Limerick – 20 February 1945) 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. He also served as the Hon. Physician to H.M. The King.
On 1 January 1889, in the action near Lwekaw, Eastern Karenni, Burma (now Myanmar), a lieutenant and four men charged into a large body of the enemy and two men were wounded. Surgeon John Crimmin attended one of them under enemy fire and he then joined the firing line and helped in driving the enemy from small clumps of trees where they had taken shelter. Later while Surgeon Crimmin was attending a wounded man several of the enemy rushed out at him. He thrust his sword through one of them, attacked a second and a third dropped from the fire of a sepoy. The remainder fled.
He died at Woodward House, Wells, Somerset, 20 February 1945.
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- Irelands VCs (Dept of Economic Development 1995)
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