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VC569   Michael John O’Leary

BORN   29 September 1890

DIED   1 August 1961   AGE   70

VC Won    1 February 1915   AGE   24

Place VC Won   Cuinchy, France

War/Campaign   First World War 1915

Name   Michael John O’Leary   No.   3556   

VC Issue No.   569   Awards   VC   

Regiment   Irish Guards, 1st Battalion, No. 1 Company



Rank VC Won   Lance-Corporal

Rank End Of Career   Major

Place Of Birth   Kilbarry Lodge, Inchigeela, near Macroom, Co. Cork, Ireland

Place Of Death   Whittington Hospital, Islington, London, England

Buried/Location Ashes   Mill Hill Cemetery, Milespit Hill, London, England


Date Buried/Cremated   

Headstone   Headstone   Plot/Grave no.   Section G-3, Grave 1930

Gazetted   18 February 1915

VC Presented   22 June 1915 by King George V at Buckingham Palace, London, England


P  Headstone, Mill Hill Cemetery, Milespit Hill, London, England

Plaque at Royal Canadian Mounted Police Museum, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

Victoria Cross Commemorative Paving Stone, Cross of Sacrifice, Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin, Ireland

By The Way…

The first Irishman to be awarded the VC during the First World War

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Irish Guards, Guards Museum, Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, England



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