William Coffey (3837 Pte.)

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Victoria Cross Recipient
The Victoria Cross without Bar
Name William Coffey
Born 5 August 1829
Died 13 July 1875 (aged 45)
Rank Private
Number 3837
Battalion 34th Regiment of Foot
Action date 29 March 1855
Citation date 24 February 1857[1]
Border Regiment Victoria Cross Citations

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For having on the 29th March, 1855, thrown a lighted shell that fell into the trench over the parapet. [2]

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William Coffey was born in Knocklong, County Limerick, on the 5 August 1829. He saw action in the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny and during his service 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, provided by the Border Regiment, was put on his grave following a service.[3]. His Victoria Cross is currently displayed at the The King's Own Royal Border Regiment & Border Regiment (Carlisle, Cumbria, England).[1]

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