#OnThisDay 1854 At the Battle of Alma, Sgt Luke O’Connor from Roscommon would become the first recipient of the Victoria Cross. O’Connor was shot in the chest but grabbed his unit’s colours & rushed to the front & motivated his men to bayonet charge the enemy.
O’Connor was from a very poor family, had been kicked off their land, emigrated to the States but O’Connor returned to Ireland as a teenager. He joined the Army and eventually retired as a Major General and was knighted.
I'm David, I'm from Ireland. I am an avid fan of history. I have my B.A. in History, my M.A. in Military History and Strategic Studies,a Post Qualification Diploma in History and I've been teaching History for five years now.
I wanted to create a podcast that examines, in great detail, major Irish battles and battles allover the world in various wars that Irish people played a significant part in.
Hope you enjoy.
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