Denis Dynon VC
Name: Denis Dynon (also known as Denis Dynan)
Conflict: Indian Mutiny
Gazetted: February 25, 1862
Denis Dynon VC
Place/date of birth: Kilmannon, Queen’s County (now Co Laoise, Ireland)/ September 1822
Rank when awarded VC (and later highest rank): Sergeant
Date of bravery: October 2, 1857
London Gazette citation [joint citation]:
53rd Regiment. No. 2165 Serjeant Denis Dynon. Date of Act of Bravery, October 2nd, 1857.
Lieutenant Daunt and Serjeant Dynon are recommended for conspicuous gallantry in action, on the 2nd of October, 1857, with the Mutineers of the Ramgurh Battalion at Chota Behar, in capturing two guns, particularly the last, when they rushed at and captured it by pistoling the gunners, who were mowing the detachment down with grape, one-third of which was hors-de-combat at the time.
Lieutenant Daunt is also recommended for chasing, on the 2nd of November following, the Mutineers of the 32nd Bengal Native Infantry across a plain into a rich cultivation, into which he followed them with a few of Rattray’s Sikhs. He was dangerously wounded in the attempt to drive out a large body of these Mutineers from an enclosure, the preservation of many of his party, on this occasion, being attributed to his gallantry.
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Other decorations: N/A
Place/date of death: Dublin, Ireland/February 16, 1863
Origin of VC to the Lord Ashcroft collection: Purchased at auction, Sotheby’s, London, 1998
Current location of VC: Displayed on rotation at The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes exhibition, Imperial War Museum