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.
Billy Bishop is probably Canada's best known First World War Flying Ace. In addition to his Victoria Cross he was also awarded the Companion of the Most Honorable Order the Bath (UK), the DSO and Bar, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Croix de Guerre avec Palmes and Legion d'Honneur (France).His Victoria
Philip Bent was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia and moved to Britain at a young age. He initially trained as a seaman and was taking his Merchant Navy officer's tickets when the war broke out in 1914. He joined a Scottish regiment for a bit of fun as the war
Corporal Colin Barron was born in Baldavie, Scotland, 10 September 1893. Colin arrived in Toronto in March 1910 and work for the railroad. Cpl Barron was awarded the Victoria Cross for raw courage and coolness under fire at Passchendaele, 6 November 1917. The citation reads in part”… His unit held up
Lieutenant Colonel William (Billie) George Barker was one of those heroes that they make movie of. In addition to his VC, he was also the recipients of the DSO & Bar, Military Cross & 2 Bars, Croix de Guerre (from France) and the Italian Silver Medal for Military Valour.Among his many
Wallace Algie was born on the 10th June 1891 at Alton, Ontario. Wallace was brought up by his parents in the Presbyterian faith. His former military service prior to April 1916 was 2 months in the Queens Own Rifles and 4 months in the 40th Regiment [Lieutenant]. On the 19th
Captain Paul Triquet was born in Cabano, Quebec, April 1910. While at school at Cabano Academy he joined the Cabano Cadet Corps which his father organized and trained, so he was keenly interested in military training from an early age. He enlisted as a private in the Royal 22nd Regiment,
Frederick George Topham was born in Toronto, Ontario, on August 10th, 1917. He was educated at King George Public School and Runnymede High School. Prior to his enlistment he was employed in the mines at Kirkland Lake. In November 1945 he laid the cornerstone for Sunnybrook Memorial Hospital in Toronto.
Frederick Tilston was born in Toronto, Ontario, on the 11th of June 1906. He was educated at De La Salle High School, the Ontario College of Pharmacy and the University of Toronto. Prior to his enlistment in 1940 he was sales manager of a drug manufacturing company. He enlisted as
Ernest Alvia Smith was born in New Westminster, British Columbia, on the 3rd of May 1914. He was educated at the Herbert Spencer Elementary School and the T.J. Trapp Technical High School. Before enlisting in the army he engaged in contracting work. He enlisted in the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada
Frederick Thornton Peters was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, on the 17th of September 1889, son of the Attorney General and the first Liberal Premier of that province. He was educated at St. Peter's Private School, later went to school in Victoria, British Columbia, and from there to Naval