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Victoria Cross Recipients

VC medal

The Victoria Cross is the highest British award, which may be given for gallantry in the face of the enemy. 

The Decoration, which was instituted by Queen Victoria on 29 January 1856, may be conferred upon officers, non-commissioned officers and men of all the armed forces.  It ranks above all other British Orders and Decorations.  This, however, is established by custom only, not by statute. 

It is a cross patte of bronze, made from metal from one of the Russian guns captured at Sebastopol. In the centre is the Royal Crest over a scroll bearing the words For Valour. The date of the act of bravery is given on the reverse and the recipient’s name is engraved on the back of the bar.  The holders receive a tax-free annuity and are entitled to add the letters VC after their name.


Lieutenant Francis Edward Henry Farquharson

Quarter Master Sergeant John Simpson

Lance Corporal Alexander Thompson

Private James Davis

Private Edward Spence

Colour Sergeant William Gardner

Private Walter Cook

Private Duncan Millar

Lance Sergeant Samuel McGaw

Private Thomas Edwards

Sergeant John Ripley

Sergeant David Finlay

Private Charles Melvin

Brigadier Lewis Pugh Evans