Creagh, Garrett O'Moore Sir VC
Victoria Cross

(1848 - 1923)

Local Connection:
Attended the Royal Naval School, New Cross, Deptford

War Service:
When Captain in the Bombay Staff Corps, Indian Army. Digest of Citation for the Victoria Cross reads:.
On 12th/22nd April, 1879 at it Kam Dakka, on the Kabul River *, Captain CREAGH, who had been ordered to take a detachment of 150 men to protect the village against a threatened incursion of the Mohmands, had to repel an attack by about 1500 of the enemy. The inhabitants of Kam Dakka joined with the Mohmands and Captain CREAGH's force was compelled to retire, so he took up a position in a cemetery and held it, repulsing repeated attacks with the bayonet until a relief force arrived, when the enemy was finally routed and many of them were driven into the river.


*Afghan War

Additional information:. General Sir O'Moore CREAGH was created a Knight Grand Cross of the Bath. (GCB) and a Knight Grand Cross of the Star of India ( GCSI). He was a Knight of Grace of St John of Jerusalem and also held the Order of the Rising Sun (Japan). In 1902 he was awarded the China Medal [Silver] without clasps as Major General of Headquarter Staff in the China Field Force and in 1911 in India he was ADC [Aide-de-camp] and Commander in Chief in India.

Location of Memorial:
Memorial on grave at East Sheen Cemetery, Surrey.

He was born on 2 April, 1848 at Cahirbane, County Clare, Ireland. Along with E M Humphris he compiled and edited the volumes of the Victoria Cross 1856-1920 and the Distinguished Service Order that have been so valuable to people interested in Medals and History. He was Secretary of the Military Department, India Office from 1907-9 and the Commander-in-Chief, India from 1909-1914. He died on 9th August 1923 at South Kensington, London.

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