The Victoria Cross is Canada’s highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.
The Canadian Victoria Cross is awarded for “the most conspicuous bravery, a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty, in the presence of the enemy”. As of January 1st, 1993, it may be presented after death, and it also may be revoked. The biggest difference between the Victoria Cross and the Cross of Valour is the reference to “the enemy”. Which essentially means that the government does not have to officially declare war to award the medal.
Here’s the deal… a Mediterranean cruise to Algeria, all expenses paid, in your very own converted US Coast Guard cutter. Everybody aboard will salute and say “aye aye sir” to you. You don’t even have to bring the ship back! Interested? That was the situation for Frederick Fritz Peters as he headed for the North African
Lieutenant George Fraser Kerr VC, MC, MM
Lt Kerr was born in Deseronto, Ontario, 8 June 1894. Already awarded the Military Medal (MM) as a Private and then the Military Cross (MC) and Bar after he was commissioned, Lt Kerr was awarded the Victoria Cross for his conspicuous bravery during the
The Victoria Cross is Canada's highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.
The Canadian Victoria Cross is awarded for "the most conspicuous bravery, a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty, in the presence of the enemy". As of January 1st, 1993,
Robert McBeath - A Hero on many continents.
When he was sixteen years old, Robert McBeath, lived in Kinlochbervie, Scotland. He lived with his adopted parents, Robert MacKenzie and his sister Barbara MacIntosh. World War One had been raging for one year. McBeath was eager to fight and told the recruiters
William Hall was the first Black to win a Victoria Cross and a Canadian at that.
suggested by Gary Conrod
William Hall was born in Hants Co., N.S., in 1829. His parents were extremely poor; and the boy, showing a great spirit of independence, shipped before the mast in 1844, sailing in a
The first Victoria Cross awarded to Alexander Dunn.
Alexander Dunn earned the Victoria Cross as a 21-year-old lieutenant in the Charge of the Light Brigade in the Crimean War. He was born in York, Upper Canada, Sept. 15, 1833. He was a member of the 11th Prince Albert's Own Regiment of Light
Sergeant Raphael Louis Zengel was an American serving in the Saskatchewan Regiment during WWI.
His citation reads:
On 9 August 1918 east of Warvillers, France, Sergeant Zengel was leading his platoon forward to the attack when he realized that an enemy machine-gun was firing into the advancing line. He rushed forward ahead
Thomas Ricketts was born in White Bay and was only 6 months past his 15th birthday when he enlisted in the Newfoundland Regiment in September, 1916. In October of 1918 he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military award for bravery in the British Commonwealth. He was awarded the Victoria
Corporal Harry Gamet Bedford Miner was born in Chatham, Ontario, 24 June 1891. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for his selfless acts of bravery and devotion to duty in the battle for Demuin, east of Amiens, 8 August 1918. The citation reads in part”…he rushed an enemy machine-gun
Sgt. William Merrifield was a native of England, who had emigrated to Canada for employment. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) on the outbreak of war and in 1917, was transferred to 4th Battalion, CEF, as a replacement. He went on to win the Military Medal (MM) for