Thomas Bryan (VC)

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Thomas Bryan
Victoria Cross Medal without Bar.png
Born(1882-01-21)21 January 1882
Stourbridge, Worcestershire
Died13 October 1945(1945-10-13) (aged 63)
Bentley, Doncaster
Arksey Cemetery, Doncaster
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Army
Years of service1915 - 1918
RankLance Corporal
UnitThe Northumberland Fusiliers
Battles/warsWorld War I
AwardsVictoria Cross
Other workRugby league player

Thomas Bryan VC (21 January 1882 – 13 October 1945) was an English 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.

Early life[edit]

Byran was born in Worcestershire, but grew up in Castleford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England.[1] He moved as a toddler with his family who headed north to find work in the Yorkshire collieries. His father worked as a miner at the Whitwood Colliery. Byran followed his father into the mines working at Askern Colliery.[2]

VC action[edit]

Bryan was 35 years old, and a lance-corporal in the 25th (Service) Battalion (2nd Tyneside Irish), Northumberland Fusiliers, British Army during the First World War at the Battle of Arras when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.

On 9 April 1917 near Arras, France, during an attack Lance-Corporal Bryan although wounded, went forward alone in order to silence a machine-gun which was inflicting much damage. He worked his way along the communication trench, approached the gun from behind, disabled it and killed two of the team. The results obtained by Lance-Corporal Bryan's action were very far-reaching.[3]

Rugby league[edit]

Bryan played rugby league for Castleford RFC (unrelated to the Castleford Tigers) in the 1906-07 season, at the end of which the club withdrew from the Northern Union for financial reasons.[4]

His VC is on display in the Lord Ashcroft Gallery at the Imperial War Museum, London. His grave is maintained by the Victoria Cross Trust


  1. ^ Calls grow to honour hero, Pontefract and Castleford Express, 6 May 2012, retrieved 11 November 2013
  2. ^ Calls grow to honour hero, Pontefract and Castleford Express, 6 May 2012, retrieved 11 November 2013
  3. ^ "No. 30122". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 1917. p. 5705.
  4. ^ Yorkshire Post: For Valour – VC heroes game forgot

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