Sergeant George GARDINER in 1821 at Clonallon, Warrenpoint, Co. Down.
George Gardiner VC DCM (1821 - 17 November 1891) was born in Clonallon, Warrenpoint, County Down and 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 about 34 years old, and a sergeant in the 57th Regiment of Foot (later The Middlesex Regiment (Duke of Cambridge's Own)), British Army during the Crimean War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 22 March 1855 at Sebastopol, Crimea, Sergeant Gardiner acted with great gallantry upon the occasion of a sortie by the enemy, in having rallied the covering parties which had been driven in by the Russians, thus regaining the trenches. On 18 June during the attack on the Redan he himself remained and encouraged others to remain in the holes made by the explosions of the shells, and whence they were able to keep up a continuous fire until their ammunition was exhausted, and the enemy cleared away from the parapet.
He later achieved the rank of Colour-Sergeant. He died Lifford, Co Donegal, 17 November 1891. He is buried at Clonleigh Church of Ireland Churchyard, Lifford, Co. Donegal, Ireland.
His Victoria Cross is displayed at the Princess of Wales' Royal Regiment (Queens and Royal Hampshires) (Dover Castle, England).
CSM Robert Hill HANNA on 6thAugust 1887 at Kilkeel, Co. Down.
Robert Hill Hanna 29th Batt. British Columbia Regt.
Robert Hill Hanna was born in Aughnahoory, Kilkeel Co. Down. on 6 August
1887. In 1905 he immigrated to Canada settling in British Columbia. It
was here he joined Vancouver based LOL #2226, which was not an unexpected
move given that his family had ties to Aughnahoory LOL 343B. Robert Hanna
worked as a lumberman until 1914 when he enlisted as a private on November
1 in the Canadian Army. Three years later on September 21, 1917at Lens
Hanna now a CSM won the Victoria Cross. The citation published in the
London Gazette of 8 November, 1917 details the event as follows:
CSM Hanna's company met with the most severe enemy resistance at a heavily
protected strong point, which had beaten off three assaults. All the
officers had become casualties. This warrant officer, under heavy machine
gun and rifle fire, cooly collected and led aparty against the strong
point, rushed through the wire and personally killed four of the enemy,
capturing the position and silencing the machine gun. This corageous
action was responsible for the capture of a most important tactical point.
Robert Hanna was decorated with the Victoria Cross by King George V at
Buckingham Palace on 5 December, 1917. Soon after Hanna had an opportunity
to visit Kilkeel where he was greeted in the public square by some 3000
people. In August 1919, Robert Hanna, now a Lieutenant, was discharged
from the Army and returned to Vancouver. As reported in the Orange
Standard he was given a hearty welcome by members and guests of LOL 2226
and was memtioned in the Grand Secretary's Report of the proceedings of the
Grand Lodge of British Columbia 1918
Returning to civilian employment Robert Hanna run a logging camp and later
took up farming in Mt. Lehman. Robert Hanna married and had 2 sons. Hanna
is known to have visited Kilkeel a number of times over the years and he
also paraded with the Canadian contingent at the Victoria Cross Centenary
Review held by Queen Elizabeth in Hyde Park London in 1956. Robert Hanna
died on 15 June 1967 at Mt. Lehman, BC and is buried in the Masonic
Cemetery at Burnaby, BC. His Victoria Cross is still in the possession of
his son Robert.
Lieutenant Arthur Thomas MOORE on 20th September 1830 at Carlingford, Louth.
Arthur Thomas Moore VC CB (20 September 1830- 25 April 1913) was born in Carlingford, County Louth and educated at the East India Company College. 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 26 years old, and a lieutenant in the 3rd Bombay Light Cavalry, Indian Army during the Persian War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 8 February 1857 at the Battle of Khushab, Persia, Lieutenant Moore who was Adjutant of the Regiment, was probably the first in the attack, but his horse, on leaping into the square, fell dead, crushing his rider and breaking his sword. Lieutenant Moore extricated himself, but he would almost certainly have lost his life had not another lieutenant (John Grant Malcolmson) fought his way to his dismounted comrade and carried him to safety. In this battle Lieutenant Moore also charged an infantry square of 500 Persians at the head of his regiment and jumped his horse over the enemy's bayonets.
He later achieved the rank of major general. He died 8 Waterloo Place, Dublin, 25 April 1913.