Patrick Green VC

b. 1824 Ballinasloe, County Galway, Ireland. d. 19/07/1889 Cork, Ireland.

Patrick Green (1824-1889) was another Galway-born recipient of the Victoria Cross born in Ballinasloe in 1824. Little is known about his service other than that he enlisted with the 75th Regiment of Foot (later Gordon Highlanders) and arrived in India with his regiment in 1849.

Patrick Green VC

On 11th September 1857, he was on picquet duty at Qudsia Bagh, a garden complex sited north of the walls of Delhi. In what was part of the build up to the assault, the British had moved men closer to the city and the overgrown Qudsia Bagh was an area heavily fought over. A large body of rebels entered the gardens and attacked Green’s picquet and, as he fell back, he saw one of the skirmishers lying wounded; going forward, he managed to carry his comrade to safety.

For this action, he was awarded the Victoria Cross. His citation was published on 26th October 1858, actually 3 months after he was invested with the medal by Sir Colin Campbell at Allalabad. Green later rose to the rank of Colour Sergeant before he left the Army. He returned to Ireland where he passed away on 19th July 1889 aged 75 in Cork. He was laid to rest in Aghada Cemetery in Cork in an unmarked grave. Sadly, due to the number of Aghada Cemeteries in the area at the time, the exact location of Green’s grave is unknown. His Victoria Cross is not publicly held.