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BarryJohnPrivateBARRY, J, Private, was born at St Mary's Kilkenny, 1 February 1873; entered the Royal Irish Regiment 1 December 1890, and saw active service in India, receiving the India Medal, 1895, with clasps for services on the North-West Frontier, Samana, 1897, and Punjab, 1897-98.  He served in the South African Campaign, received the South African Medal with clasps for Belfast, Cape Colony and Winterbergen, and was killed in action at Monument Hill 8 January 1901.  For his gallantry in this action he was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross, which was delivered to his representatives by order of King Edward VII, and in accordance with the regulation of 8 August 1902: 'J Barry (the late), No 3735, Private, 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment.  During the night attack on the 7th-8th January 1901, on Monument Hill, Private Barry, although surrounded and threatened by the Boers at the time, smashed the breach of the Maxim gun, thus rendering it useless to its captors, and it was in doing this splendid act for his country that he met his death'.   Out of 93 officers and men of the Royal Irish on the hill only 7 escaped; the remainder were killed, wounded, or captives in the hands of the enemy (8 killed, 5 died of wounds, 23 wounded, 51 taken prisoner). The Boer losses were heavy and included 14 killed. Of the 3 officers, Captain Fosbery was killed. Captain Milner was severely wounded, Lieutenant Dease injured, and both were taken prisoners.  The attack on Monument Hill, one of the outer defence posts of Belfast, Northern Transvaal, was made by a Boer force under General B. Viljoen, consisting of 750 men of the Johannesburg and Bocksburg commandos. It took place at night, in a thick fog, with the object of destroying the garrison of the post and capturing the 4.7 gun which they believed to be in position there, but which had in fact been withdrawn at nightfall on General Smith-Dorrien's orders. The maxim gun, which was rendered useless by Private Barry, was recaptured by the Royal Irish a few months later, and was presented to the regiment by the Secretary of State for War in 1904. It is now on display at the National Army Museum in London.  VC, the reverse of the suspension bar inscribed ‘Private J. Barry, Royal Irish Regiment', the reverse centre of the cross dated ‘8th Jany. 1901‘, together with Hancocks' & Co card box of issue, IGS 1895 (2) Punjab Frontier 1897-98, Samana 1897 (3733 Pte 2d Bn Ryl Ir Regt.), QSA (3) CC Witt Belf (3733 Pte 1st Rl Irish Regt).  DNW Sep 00 £85,000.
Source: VC recipients (VC and DSO book)
Royal Irish Regiment
BarryJohnSource: Attestation paper in WO126Canadian Scouts
BarryJohn794/73/344Source: Medal rollsCanada, 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles
BarryJohn1616Source: Attestation papers. See image on this site.Railway Pioneer Regiment
BarryJohn75SergeantSource: OZ-Boer databaseWest Australia, 1st Mounted Infantry Contingent
BarryJohnSource: WO100/285Robertson TG
BarryJohn1616Private3rd RPR
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Railway Pioneer Regiment
BarryJohn501TrooperSource: Nominal roll in WO127Warren's Mounted Infantry
BarryJohn550Attested: Jul 1902. Source: CMP2Cape Police
BarryJohn H2904Trooper1st Battalion
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Imperial Light Horse
BarryJohn Henry18Occupation: Clerk. Next of kin: Father. Address: Tarkastad .
Source: Attestation paper in WO126
Town Guard and District Mounted Troops
BarryJohn HoustonOrderly Source: Nominal roll in WO127Imperial Hospital Corps
BarryJohn WilliamCapt & Paymaster1st Battalion
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Imperial Light Horse
BarryJohn William173Sergeant1st Battalion
Source: Nominal roll in WO127
Imperial Light Horse
BarryJohn William30670PrivateSource: QSA Medal Rolls95th Company, 24th Btn, IY
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