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Sergeant William Coffey VC

Date of birth: 
5th August 1829
Died: 
13 July 1875
Allegiance: 
British
Service: 
British Army
Rank: 
Sergeant
Unit: 
34th Regiment (later The Border Regiment
Awards: 
Victoria Cross & Distinguished Conduct Medal
Campaigns: 
Crimean War
VC Awarded: 
24 February 1855
Awarded posthumously: 
No

Citation

For having, on the 29th March 1855, thrown a lighted shell, that fell into the trench, over the parapet.

For having, on the 18th June 1855, after the regiment had retired into the trenches from an assault on the redan, gone out into open ground, under heavy fire, in broad daylight, and brought in wounded soldiers outside the trenches.

Further Information

Coffey survived the war and after further military experience, he died on 13 July 1875

There is no known picture of William Coffee.

For a biography of William Coffey go to

The Story of Sergeant William Coffey VC DCM

Grave Restoration

The grave was cleaned with D2 BioSolution utilising brushes. The solution will ehance the grave over time.

The ribbons on/beside the grave  have been placed on all military graves at Spital Cemetery.

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