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Donegal soldier's Victoria Cross goes on display
The only Victoria Cross to be awarded to a Donegal man will go on public display in the county for the first time this afternoon.

Private James Duffy, a stretcher bearer, was awarded the medal for "most conspicuous bravery" after he saved the lives of two of his comrades in Palestine in December 1917.

The VC was presented to him by King George V in July 1918 at Buckingham Palace.

Pte Duffy served with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and his medal was donated to the regimental museum in Enniskillen.

A security operation involving gardaí and members of the Defence Forces will surround its transportation from Fermanagh to Letterkenny where it will go on display at Donegal County Museum from 2pm to 4.30pm.

Also coming from Enniskillen are medals awarded to another Donegal soldier, Captain Henry Gallaugher, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.
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Donegal's Only WWI Victoria Cross on display today between 2- 4.30pm
in Donegal County Museum
Donegal County Museum, in partnership with the Inniskilling Museum and the Irish Defence Forces, are delighted to display for the first time in County Donegal, the Victoria Cross awarded to Pte James Duffy for “most conspicuous bravery” during World War I. He is the only Donegal winner of a Victoria Cross in WWI. Also on exhibition, the medals awarded to Captain Henry Gallaugher DSO. The medals are on loan from the Inniskilling Museum.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
The Museum is also hosting the exhibition ‘Ulster Winners of the Victoria Cross’ on loan from the Ulster Scots Agency and there will be an opportunity for the public to consult the draft version of the County Donegal Book of Honour: The Great War 1914-1918.
Pte James Duffy VC was born at Thorr, Crolly, Gweedore, on 17 November 1889. As a young baby he was brought to live in Bonagee, Letterkenny. He enlisted in Glasgow on the 1st December 1914 and was posted to the 6th Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers. The Battalion was sent to Gallipoli, later to Egypt and onto Palestine in September 1917 as part of the British invasion of Palestine. On the 27th December 1917, Private Duffy’s heroic actions saved the lives of two of his comrades. He was presented with the Victoria Cross by King George V on 25 July 1918 at Buckingham Palace. He is the only WWI Victoria Cross recipient from County Donegal. His VC is in the collection of the Inniskilling Museum at Enniskillen Castle, Co. Fermanagh.
Captain Henry Gallaugher was born at Balleighain, Manorcunningham in 1886. He was commissioned into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1914. During the Battle of the Somme, Captain Gallaugher formed a party which rescued 28 men stranded in no-man’s land and he was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. On 7 June 1917 during the Battle of Messines, Capt Gallagher’s right arm was shattered by a shell fragment. Although urged to go back, he led his company to its objective, and while returning later to have his arm dressed, he was killed instantly by a shell. He is buried in Lone Tree Cemetery, Belgium.
For further information, please contact Donegal County Museum, High Road, Letterkenny, Co Donegal T 074 9124613 E museum@donegalcoco.ie
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