William Coffey VC DCM (August 5, 1829 - July 13, 1875) born Knocklong, County Limerick, he 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 25 years old, and a private
in the 34th Regiment (later The Border Regiment
), British Army
during the Crimean War
when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 29 March 1855 at Sebastopol, the Crimea, Private Coffey threw a live shell, which had fallen into a trench, over the parapet and thus saved many lives.
Coffey was posted to Indian fighting in the Indian Mutiny
. He achieved the rank of sergeant
. It was reported that he died by suicide (shot himself) in the Army drill shed Sheffield
, 13 July 1875
. However his death certificate shows he died of dysentery at Stonegravels, Chesterfield. He was buried in Spital cemetery, Chesterfield
. Originally he was buried in an unmarked, common plot but in 1970 a stone was put on his grave following a service.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at The King's Own Royal Border Regiment Museum (Carlisle, Cumbria, England)
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