Ireland : James Pearson - 1852 Victoria Cross awardee, from Rathdowney, Co. Laois (Queen's Co.)
We have two VC awardees from Rathdowney - one man was 'called' John Moyney, except his name was not really John Moyney, before he joined the army his name was John Miney (called Jack). We know about Jack and a section of Bob's Bar in Durrow, Laois has been devoted to Jack - the first private WW1 Museum in Ireland. So, anyone researching the 'Moyney' surname in Ireland, please note there are very few records of this surname, one in the Griffiths in Tipperary and 3 in civil records. The surname Moyney did not occur around Rathdowney, the surname Miney did. John Moyney (aka Jack Miney) is buried as John Moyney in Roscrea, his parents and sister are buried as Miney
The other man, James Pearson we know very little about.
I have a copy of his memorial from findagrave and have arranged to view the parish records to find the townland he came from.
James was a Private in the 86th Regt., The bravery for which he was awarded his VC occurred on 3rd April 1858 in a place called Jhansi, Calpee in India. It is said that he is buried there.. He is not believed to ever have returned to Ireland. I think he may have become a Prison Officer
If any of you know anything about Mr. Pearson I would really appreciate hearing it. Thank you