Manorhamilton, County Leitrim
|Died||8 April 1873 (aged 48–49)|
Newtownbutler, County Fermanagh
Saint Mark's Churchyard, Magheraveely
Charles Irwin, VC (1824 – 8 April 1873), was born in Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, and was an Irish 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.
Irwin was approximately 33 years old, and a private in the 53rd Regiment of Foot (later The King's Shropshire Light Infantry), British Army during the Indian Mutiny when the following deed took place on 16 November 1857 at the Relief of Lucknow for which he was awarded the VC:
53rd Regiment, Private C. Irwin.
Date of Act of Bravery, 16th November, 1857
For conspicuous bravery at the assault of the Secundra Bagh, at Lucknow, on the 16th of November, 1857. Although severely wounded through the right shoulder, he was one of the first men of the 53rd Regiment, who entered the buildings under a very severe fire. Elected by the private soldiers of the Regiment.
- 18th Regiment of Foot
- 3168 53rd Shropshire Regiment
- 87th Regiment of Foot between Jan 1860 - 30 June 1860.
His entry in the Canon Lummis files states that: "Judging from numerous entries in the muster roles as to imprisonment, he appears to have been a bad hat."
His Victoria Cross is displayed at The King's Shropshire Light Infantry Museum.
- "No. 22212". The London Gazette. 24 December 1858. p. 5513.
- The Victoria Cross to the 53rd Regiment : India 1857-58
Listed in order of publication year
- The Register of the Victoria Cross (1981, 1988 and 1997)
- Clarke, Brian D. H. (1986). "A register of awards to Irish-born officers and men". The Irish Sword. XVI (64): 185–287.
- Ireland's VCs ISBN 1-899243-00-3 (Dept of Economic Development, 1995)
- Monuments to Courage (David Harvey, 1999)
- Irish Winners of the Victoria Cross (Richard Doherty & David Truesdale, 2000)