Victoria Cross won by Donegal man 100 years ago to go on display today

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 bravery after he saved the lives of two of his comrades in Palestine in December 1917.

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

Private James 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 the Donegal County Museum from 2pm to 4.30pm today.

Also coming from Enniskillen are medals awarded to another Donegal soldier, Captain Henry Gallagher, who was awarded the Distinguished Service Order.

He formed a party which rescued 28 men stranded in no-man’s land during the Battle of the Somme and died in June 1917 at the Battle of Messines.

A spokeswoman for Donegal County Museum said that in partnership with the Inniskilling Museum and the Irish Defence Forces, they are delighted to display the medals and all are welcome to come and view them.