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John Doogan
File:John Doogan.jpg
Born March 1853
Died January 24, 1940(1940-01-24) (aged 86)
Place of birth Aughrim, County Galway, Ireland
Place of death Folkestone, Kent
Buried at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Folkestone, Kent
Allegiance  United Kingdom
Service/branch Flag of the British Army.svg British Army
Rank Private
Unit 1st King's Dragoon Guards

First Boer War

Awards Victoria Cross (UK) ribbon.png Victoria Cross

John Doogan (March 1853 in Aughrim, County Galway – 24 January 1940 in Folkestone, Kent)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 was 27 years old, and a private in the 1st Dragoon Guards (The King's), British Army during the First Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 28 January 1881 at the Battle of Laing's Nek, South Africa, during the charge of the mounted men, Private Doogan saw that Major Brownlow, KDG had had his horse shot from under him and was dismounted among the Boers. Doogan rode up and, in spite of being severely wounded himself, dismounted and insisted on Major Brownlow taking his horse, receiving another wound while doing so.


He is buried at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery (also known as the Garrison Cemetery) in Folkestone (Plot V. Grave 1054).

Victoria Cross[]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Queen's Dragoon Guards Regimental Museum in Cardiff Castle, Wales.[1]

See also[]

  • Ó Dubhagáinn


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