Victoria Cross Recipients

Replica of a Victoria CrossThe 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 FEH FarquharsonLieutenant Francis Edward Henry Farquharson

Indian Mutiny
Lucknow, 9th March 1858

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Quarter Master Sergeant John SimpsonQuarter Master Sergeant John Simpson

Indian Mutiny
Fort Ruhya, 15th April 1858

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Lance Corporal Alexander ThompsonLance Corporal Alexander Thompson

Indian Mutiny
Fort Ruhya, 15th April 1858

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Private James DavisPrivate James Davis

Indian Mutiny
Fort Ruhya, 15th April 1858

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Private Edward SpencePrivate Edward Spence

Indian Mutiny
Fort Ruhya, 15th April 1858

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Colour Sergeant William GardnerColour Sergeant William Gardner

Indian Mutiny
Bareilly, 5th May 1858

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Private Walter CookPrivate Walter Cook

Indian Mutiny
Sissaya Ghat, 15th January 1859

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Private Duncan MillarPrivate Duncan Millar

Indian Mutiny
Sissaya Ghat, 15th January 1859

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Lance Sergeant Samuel McGawLance Sergeant Samuel McGaw

Ashanti War
Amoaful, 31st January 1874

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Private Thomas EdwardsPrivate Thomas Edwards

Egyptian Campaigns
Tamaai, 13th March 1884

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Sergeant John RipleySergeant John Ripley

First World War
Rue du Bois, 9th May 1915

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Sergeant David FinlaySergeant David Finlay

First World War
Rue du Bois, 9th May 1915

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Private Charles MelvinPrivate Charles Melvin

First World War
Istabulat, 21st April 1917

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Brigadier Lewis Pugh EvansBrigadier Lewis Pugh Evans

First World War
Zonnebeke, 4th October 1917

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