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John Crimmin
Born (1859-03-19)March 19, 1859
Died February 20, 1945(1945-02-20) (aged 85)
Place of birth Kilballyowen, Bruff, Co. Limerick
Place of death Wells, Somerset
Buried at Wells Cemetery, Somerset
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Indian Army
Rank Colonel
Unit Bombay Medical Service, Indian Army
Battles/wars Karen-Ni Expedition, Burma
Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

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.


He was 29 years old, and a Surgeon in the Bombay Medical Service, Indian Army during the Karen-Ni Expedition, Burma[1] when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

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.[2]


Resting place of John Crimmin

He later achieved the rank of Colonel and served in the Indian Medical Service, for which was appointed a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (CIE) in 1901.[3]

He died at Woodward House, Wells, Somerset, 20 February 1945.


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