Gerald Robert O'Sullivan 1888

Gerald Robert O'Sullivan 1888

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Gerald Robert O'Sullivan was born in the civil parish of Carrigaline in County Cork on the 8th of November 1888. He was educated at Wimbledon College before attending the Royal Military Academy in Sandhurst. 

O'Sullivan received his first military commission 1909. He served in China for 3 years, but with the outbreak of World War I, was called back to Britain. 

O'Sullivan was dispatched to the Gallipoli peninsula where he captured a number of positions. 

On the night of the 18th to the 19th of June, 1915, O'Sullivan was involved in action at Kirithia. He volnteered to lead a party of bomb throwers with the goal of reclaiming a lost section of trench. He exposed himself to heavy enemy fire, entering the trench of enemy forces. Though he was badly wounded, O'Sullivan's gallantry insired the other men to push onwards. 

O'Sullivan was awarded the presitigious Victoria Cross for his bravery on that night. 

Shorthly afterwards, he received further injuries on teh 1st of July and had to be evacuated to Britain for treatment. He recovered and returned to action on the 11th of August 1915. 10 days later he was killed in battle. 

Gerald Robert O'Sullivan has no known grave. 

 

 

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Date of Birth 8th Nov 1888 VIEW SOURCE
Date of Death 21st Aug 1915 VIEW SOURCE

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Victoria Cross UK VIEW SOURCE

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