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John Danaher VC also known as John Danagher (25 June 1860- 9 January 1919). Born in Limerick, 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 20 years old, and a Trooper in the Nourse's Horse (Transvaal), South African Forces during the First Boer War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 16 January 1881 at Elandsfontein, near Pretoria, South Africa, Trooper Danaher, with a lance-corporal of the Connaught Rangers, (James Murray) advanced for 500 yards under heavy fire from a party of about 60 of the enemy, and brought out of action a private who had been severely wounded.

Also considered South African. He later achieved the rank of sergeant. He died in Portsmouth, 9 January 1919

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Army Museum (Chelsea, England).

John Danagher V.C. was also Landlord of the Dog & Duck Public House at 115 Fratton Road, Portsmouth from 1913 until his death in 1919. His wife, Mrs B. Danagher, succeeded him as Landlady and subsequently his son took over as Landlord in 1936/7.

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