John Joseph Reddy

A newpaper report on his MC says he was a member of Young Citizen Volunteers


Byrne said of Reddy. CAPTAIN REDDY. Is attached to the Intelligence organisation at Dublin Castle. He is intimate with Rose McKenna and Sydney Arnold and appears to have some business connection with them in South Frederick Street. This MIC is the right one, the Dublin address confirms it.

Served in in 13th (Service) Battalion Yorkshire Regt. Formed in Richmond in July 1915 as a Bantam Bn. Moved to Aldershot in July 1915 and attached to 121st Brigade, 40th Division. 6 June 1916 : landed at Le Havre. 6 Jun 1916.

1917 Feb 13. The undermentioned W.O's., N.C.O.'s, and men to be temp. 2nd Lts. (on prob.).R. Irish Rifles— Co. Serjt.-Maj. J. Reddy, from a Serv. Bn., York. Regt

1918 Mar 5. Gazetted MC. T./2nd Lt. John Joseph Reddy, R. Ir. Rif. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. He was in charge of a carrying party, which he led forward under intense fire, with supplies to the front line. Finding the troops there held up, he organised his party as a fighting unit, and took charge of a post, which he held throughout the day against threatened counter-attacks. He was able to send back valuable information whereby an enemy concentration for a counter-attack was broken up. He showed great coolness and ability in a difficult position, and set a splendid example to his men.

1918 Aug 13. R. Irish Rifles. Temp. 2nd Lt. J. Reddy, M.C., to be temp. Lt.

1918 Sep 13 Gazetted bar to MC. T./2nd Lt. John Joseph Reddy, M.C., R. Ir. Rif. For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty as Brigade Intelligence Officer. When on reconnaissance he sent back most valuable reports. Also he successfully carried out two patrols, and he organised and most capably commanded a party during a rearguard action, displaying skill and coolness.

1919 Jul 27. R. Ir. Rifles Temp. Lt. J. Reddy, M.C., relinquishes his commission on account of ill-health caused by wounds and retains the rank of Lt.

1919 Sep 28. Applies for his medals from 18 Upper Fitzwilliam St, Dublin. Byrne visited Mrs Rose McKenna at Flat No 6, 18 Upper Fitzwilliam Street where she was staying with her cousin the wife of Captain Reddy.



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