Who was Edward Smith?

Introduction Edward Benn (‘Ned’) Smith VC, DCM (10 November 1898 to 12 January 1940) was an English 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. World War I He is unusual in having gained both… Read More

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Who was Albert Jacka?

Introduction Albert Jacka, VC, MC & Bar (10 January 1893 to 17 January 1932) was an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry “in the face of the enemy” that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces. Jacka was the first Australian to be decorated with… Read More

Who was Frederick Hitch?

Introduction Frederick Hitch, VC (29 November 1856 to 06 January 1913) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Overview Born in Southgate, in Middlesex, he… Read More

Who was Gordon Flowerdew?

Introduction Gordon Muriel Flowerdew VC (02 January 1885 to 31 March 1918) was an English-born Canadian 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, received for his actions at the Battle of Moreuil Wood. Early… Read More

Who was John Brunt?

Introduction Captain John Henry Cound Brunt, VC, MC (06 December 1922 to 10 December 1944) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He served in the Italian campaign during the Second World War and… Read More

Who was William Reid?

Introduction William Reid VC (21 December 1921 to 28 November 2001) was a Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He earned his Victoria Cross as a pilot in the Royal Air… Read More

Who was Tasker Watkins?

Introduction Sir Tasker Watkins VC GBE DL (18 November 1918 to 09 September 2007) was a Welsh Lord Justice of Appeal and deputy Lord Chief Justice. He was President of the Welsh Rugby Union from 1993 to 2004. During the Second World War, he served in the British Army and was awarded the Victoria Cross,… Read More