Sergeant William Bernard Traynor VC

Sergeant William Bernard Traynor of the 2nd West Yorkshire Regiment, February 1901
Traynor served in India with the West Yorks, a well-travelled regiment. Here, the regiment’s 1st Battalion parades in Gibraltar ahead of its 1896 deployment to Hong Kong

Sergeant William Traynor earned his Victoria Cross for a rare night action during the Second Boer War. His decoration was also the only VC awarded to a non-commissioned officer or private soldier from the West Yorkshire Regiment during the conflict. Furthermore, I am pleased to say that I am the proud owner of his medal group having bought it at auction in 2012.

William Bernard Traynor was born in Hull, Yorkshire (now in the East Riding of Yorkshire), on December 31, 1870. He was the son of Francis Traynor, a flax dresser originally from Ireland’s County Monaghan, and his wife Rebecca (née Longfield). After being educated at Pryme Street Roman Catholic School in Hull, Traynor Jr worked as a labourer.

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