Captain Philip John Gardner was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions in North Africa 1941. Gardner was serving in the Royal Tank Regiment and during fighting around Tobruk was given the task of helping out 2 armoured cars that were under fire.
During the mission Gardner found a wounded officer who had lost both his legs. Gardner tried to tow out the cars but when the rope broke he ran back for the wounded officer and lifted him on to the back of his tank. Gardner was wounded in the leg and shot in the arm during the rescue . Gardner held on to the officer until they made it back to British lines . Despite Gardners efforts the officer later died of his wounds .
“The only Indian soldier to have the rare distinction of receiving the gallantry awards, #VictoriaCross as well as #MahaVirChakra , Jemadar Nand Singh was martyred on 12 Dec 1947 during the Indo-Pak war.... #Honourpoint remembers one of the most decorated soldiers of #IndianArmy on his "Day of Martyrdom", today.
Jem Nand Singh hailed from Bhatinda dist in #Punjab and belonged to the #SikhRegiment of #IndianArmy . Awarded with the Britain's highest gallantry award and India's second highest gallantry award, he was martyred on 12 Dec 1947 during operations against the armed intruders in Uri sector of J & K.
During Dec 1947, Jemadar Nand Singh’s unit, 1 Sikh was deployed in J &K to repel a planned invasion of J&K by armed tribesmen from Pakistan. On 12th Dec 1947, at Uri, the Sikh regiment was out on a fighting patrol against the tribesmen in Kashmir State. The enemy, who was occupying previously prepared bunker position, opened fire on the leading company of the battalion killing 10 men on the spot and wounding another 15. These 15 wounded soldiers were lying within 10 yards of an enemy position. The enemy was attempting, under very heavy covering fire, to pull in these casualties and capture their arms and was at the same time carrying out an encircling movement round this position. At this juncture D company was ordered to attack from the left flank and Jem Nand Singh was commanding one of its forward platoons.
Jem Nand Singh charged at the enemy with incredible determination and ferocity. He pressed on with hand-to-hand combat and was the first to draw blood with his bayonet. Although wounded, he killed five of the enemy soldiers. Inspired by his raw courage his comrades fought with double vigour and created panic among the enemy soldiers. The enemy broke and fled and thus the objective was achieved. However as Jem Nand Singh was standing on top of a bunker, a burst of enemy LMG hit him in the chest, wounding him grievously. He succumbed to his injuries and was martyred leaving behind a tale of unparalleled courage and sacrifice.
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Victoria cross 50pcoin.
The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest and most prestigious award of the British honours system. It is awarded for gallantry "in the presence of the enemy" to members of the British Armed Forces. It may be awarded posthumously. It was previously awarded to Commonwealth countries, most of which have established their own honours systems and no longer recommend British honours. It may be awarded to a person of any military rank in any service and to civilians under military command although no civilian has received the award since 1879. Since the first awards were presented by Queen Victoria in 1857, two thirds of all awards have been personally presented by the British monarch. These investitures are usually held at Buckingham Palace. #coins 50p #collecting#50p#royalmint#hobby#victoriacross#medals
Yesterday marked the opening of the Victoria Cross Wall of Honour exhibit at Government House, which honours Saskatchewan recipients of the Victoria Cross. Be sure to drop by before January 6th to check it out. #VictoriaCross#HeritageSK
Famous V.C. Action, Q” Battery, Boer War Group
Gunner H. Howard, “Q” Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, wounded at Sannah’s Post
Queen’s South Africa officially impressed naming to: 60912 Gnr. H. Howard, Q.B., R.H.A.
3 Clasps, Relief of Kimberley, Paardeberg, Johannesburg
1914-15 Star officiallt named to: 23332 Gnr. H. Howard, R.F.A.
British War and Victory Medals officially named to: 23332 Gnr. H. Howard, R.A.
Army L.S. & G.C., E.VII.R. officially named to: 60912 Gnr. H. Howard, R.F.A.
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20 Plus pages of service history showing lingering mental and physical effects of his wounds. A true hero.
Gunner Howard was wounded at Sannah’s Post on 31 March 1900, when “Q” Battery won four Victoria Crosses.
The Battery saw service in the Boer war between 1899 and 1901. On 31 March 1900 the Battery had its finest hour when it saved its guns and the majority of General Broadwater's force from a vicious Boer ambush at Koorn Spruit, near Sanna's Post. As the Battery galloped away to the rear in line, the Boers, seeing that part of their prey was escaping, opened fire with rifles from the edge of the Spruit. Q Battery's guns were severed for four hours in that exposed position, subjected all the time to continuous rifle fire at 1,000 yards range - it must be remembered that at the time the guns had no shields!
The Battery fought with such collective gallantry and skill that Field Marshal Lord Roberts VC, directed that 4 Victoria Crosses should be awarded to the Battery, one to an officer, one to an NCO, one to a Gunner & one to a Driver. It is the most highly decorated action in the history of the Royal Regiment of Artillery. In addition 3 Distinguished Conduct Medals were also awarded. In 1926 the Battery was granted the honour title "Sanna's Post". Last paragraph of Lord Roberts dispatch concerning the action-
In conclusion I am glad to say that on this, as on other occasions, the troops behaved in a most gallant manner, and I cordially support Brigadier-General Broad wood's recommendations on behalf of the Officers, non-commissioned officers and men whose names he has brought to notice.
ROBERTS, Field-Marshal, Commanding-in-Chief, South Africa.
Some people meditate to relax, Cam shot people in the face.
Cam was close to becoming a pro footy player in the AFL, but he would rather take scalps then marks.
He SOM'd selection and started issuing dirt naps to the talib scum after mastering the art of #huntinghumans
When you were getting head butted in the lunch line, Cam was making terrorists headbutt bullets. In 2007 when Lukey got killed in the #fatelfunnel Cam got his body back into cover and with revenge flowing through his veins, systematically skullfvcked an entire compound with grenades and his M4. His #killdeathratio was on fire as he charged room to room issuing one way tickets to the afterlife - he won an MG.
Fast forward a few years later and he was back at it again in Ghawchak when another operator copped a round in the leg, Cam needed to cover him, so he stood in a doorway collecting souls, with a hot gun and humming ACDC when he was ultimately killed so the boys could get his mate out safely.
When the dust settled, he had racked up another 8 bodies, legend status and a cheeky VC.
Cam painted his face like this because rather than be concealed, he wanted the enemy to see him coming. This face is the last thing they saw.
Cowards never start, the weak never finish, warriors never quit.
When you’re made of more metal than Ironman 🎖️
Keith Payne, Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, earned for actions that took place in the Vietnam War 🤙🏻🤙🏻
Sidney Bates VC (14 June 1921 – 8 August 1944) was a British 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.
When the positions his battalion (1/Royal Norfolk Rgt) held came under heavy attack from elements of the 10th SS-Panzer Division, Sidney took a Bren gun from its mortally wounded operator and, firing from the hip, advanced towards the enemy. Despite being wounded, he continued until hit by mortar bomb fragments, wounds which turned out to be fatal.
Corporal Bates died shortly afterwards of the wounds he had received, but, by his supreme gallantry and self sacrifice he had personally restored what had been a critical situation.
"His parents proudly remember him as a true Camberwell boy and loving son"
Whilst the Jutland exhibition at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard (@phdockyard ) has closed, the legacy of the historic battle lives on. Over the last two years, 200,000 visitors have engaged and learnt about the First World War conflict and the outcome of the decisive battle.
The battle itself involved 250 ships and 100,000 men across 36 hours of confrontation. As we look back at the fallen and what the exhibition stood for, we’ve put together a Jutland infographic illustrating key points from the last two years and beyond. One of the most successful achievements was bringing the battle to life through the Jutland map project.
Since the project began, over 1,677 individuals have registered their details of those involved in the battle with 45 million individuals in the UK having potential family connections. The project continues with more recordings being added every day. #Jutland#BattleofJutland#36hours#36hoursjutland#firstworldwar#AdmiralHood#victoriacross#NMRN#HMSCaroline#HMSIronDuke#HMSMalaya#HMSLion HMSSouthampton #HMSShark#HMSEngadine
Crimean War, Victoria Cross.⠀
The highest decoration for valour in the British armed forces, awarded for extreme bravery in the face of the enemy. It was introduced by Queen Victoria in 29 Jan. 1856 at the request of her consort, Prince Albert. The order was backdated to 1854 to recognise acts of valour during the Crimean War. The first awards ceremony was held on 26 June 1857, where Queen Victoria invested 62 of the 111 Crimean recipients in a ceremony in Hyde Park. Only 1,348 crosses have been awarded since the honour was instituted. The medal is bronze (originally cast from captured cannon in the Crimean War), depicting a lion on a crown with the inscription “For Valour,” while the reverse side has the date of the act for which the decoration is bestowed and the name, rank, and regiment of the recipient.⠀
It was originally thought that the medals were cast from the bronze of two Russian cannons that were captured at Sebastopol during the Crimean War. More recent research however, reveals the medals to be made from metal of Chinese origin, possibly from captured Chinese weapons that the Russians reused at Sebastopol.⠀
So happy that not one but two editions of my 'Tally-Ho' limited prints were sold at a auction as well as one of my 'Endurance' Porsche 917 prints with all proceeds going to the JBVC Foundation at a dinner held in London recently, numbers 40/45/46 out of only 100 to be available signed by myself 75x50cm on acid free stock litho printed by hand. A total of close to £1200 for the three editions, the evening raising close to £50.000 with further donations later added to this very worthy cause. www.jbvc-foundation.org.uk and thankyou to Dr Johnson Gideon Beharry VC for your very kind letter of thanks
By the age of 28 Big Kev Wheatley had served with 1, 2 and 3 RAR because he had slayed every ganger within tinder radius of each base and was looking for more prey.
While on a #pussycrushingsafari across the fruitful Quang Ngai province, his boys bumped into some charlies out in an open rice field. Devastated that these little fucks had left him with blue balls, and spewing that his good mate Swanno had copped a suckling chest wound... Big Kev got on the blower to HQ himself #BCCCqualified and called in a #CASEVAC and #Firemission by himself.
The shit platoon off to his right flank got brassed the fuck up and #everymanforthemself legged it, which left Big Kev with some hard decisions.
All the dog cunts in his team told him to leave Swanno to die out in the rice field, but Kev and Swanno had spit-roasted a #vietnamesehooker on ROCL and had that special bond that could not be broken.
Big Kev ditched his radio and skull dragged Swanno across the fire lane by himself until the accurate fire finally pinned him down.
He could have leopard crawled 200m to a wooded tree line but decided to pull the pin on two grenades and sing #KheSahn until the Charlies got within coward punching distance. #nothingcowardlyaboutknockingacuntout and took a few of those little fucks with him on the #afterlifeexpress
Two explosions were heard, followed by gun fire and the crying of every bitch in the Southern hemisphere.
Name a harder cunt, i'll wait.
The Man Who Won 2 Victoria Crosses
The #victoriacross is the ultimate award for bravery in the #british and #commonwealth armies. It has been awarded 1,357 times since its inception, and only three people have ever received more than one of them. Captain Charles Upham was the only man to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice in #worldwarII . He volunteered for the #newzealand army in 1939 and was commissioned the following year. He won his first Victoria Cross in May 1941, during the #german invasion of the island. He led his platoon in an attack on heavily defended positions 2.7 kilometers (1.7 mi) away. During the attack, he destroyed two machine gun nests and an anti-aircraft gun with grenades. He then helped carry a wounded man away from the fighting and rescued a surrounded New Zealand company. On May 30, he led his men on a flank to attack a group of advancing #germans , killing 22 of them with a Bren machine gun. His second Victoria Cross was awarded the next year on July 25, during the first battle of #elalamein . During the defense of the #ruweisatridge , he ran forward through a hail of machine gun fire to lob a grenade into a truck full of German soldiers. He then drove through the enemy lines in a #jeep mounted with a German machine gun, convincing #italian soldiers to push him out of soft sand. During a bayonet charge, he was shot in the elbow and sustained a broken arm. By now, the Germans had surrounded the #newzealanders , but Upham kept on fighting until he couldn’t walk. Upham was always quiet about his bravery, telling a reporter in September 1945, “Naturally, I feel some pride in this distinction, but hundreds of others have done more than I did.” He led a quiet life after the war, resenting publicity and dying at age 86 in November 1994
Eddy fucking Towner
This officer wasn't signing leave apps, he was a walking abortion clinic.
Eddy was a trucky until one of the grunts called him a #pog and he corps transferred to the #royalaustralianmachineguncorps in order to #getthatfuckinggunup full time.
He won a Military cross in 1918 for an up the guts assault where he whaled some cunts with a vickers.
But that was just the start of his tale.
This hard cunt took a machine gun team to capture the summit of Mt Saint Quentin in which he ran at a Krout machine gun pit with a fucking revolver and nailed squad of dudes in the face #RPLforcombatshootingcourse
Then he grabbed the German machine guns, turned those pieces of shit around and began turning German soldiers in to human sprinklers for the next 30 hours.
He got shot in the head in the process but that didnt phase him too much, he just kept stacking bodies like a human jenga game.
He added a VC to his tally and got presented it personally in London by the King. He also fingered the Queen.
When you come to the slaughter, all you need is bullets and water.
The wartime airfield of RAF Metheringham, Lincolnshire. From here 65 Avro Lancaster’s and 995 aircrew were lost from 1943 to 1945.
RAF Metheringham was one airfield from which a Victoria Cross was won. On 30 April 1944 Flight Engineer Norman Jackson took off on a mission to Schweinfurt. During the mission Jackson's aircraft was attacked by a nightfighter which set fire to the starboard inner engine. Jackson activated the internal extinguisher but this was ineffective. There was a danger that the fire would spread to the aircraft's fuel tanks. Jackson knew there was only thing to be done and that was to actually go outside and put the fire out. He grabbed a fire extinguisher and with the bomb aimer and navigator holding onto Jackson’s parachute chords, climbed out of the upper escape hatch into the 200 mph slipstream.
Jackson proceeded to lower himself onto the starboard wing. He crawled towards the burning engine where he proceeded to extinguish the fire. As Jackson edged back towards safety, the Lancaster was again attacked by a nightfighter. The attack injured Jackson in the legs and the engine again burst into flames which caught him. Jackson lost his grip and was flung into the aircraft's slipstream. Inside the aircraft, the crew could see what was happening so they played out Jackson’s parachute and let go. Luckily the chute opened and Jackson landed heavily in a thicket bush. He was captured by German civilians and force marched to the nearest town which was some ten miles distant. Here he was finally taken to hospital and was there for the next ten months.
I met Beharry, the last Victoria Cross winner at Diya’s school and it was extraordinary to see a normal man being recognised for bravery which is out of this world. VC’s are a truly unique bunch of people. I’ve been bumping into them and their memorials every now and then. At son’s college in oxford, at graves around the country, at the IWM, and now at Chelmsford Cathedral. Mumsford won the VC in WW1. Severely wounded. Legs blown up. Hit by shrapnel. Buried under mud. Refused orders to withdraw. Stayed on his machine gun. #bravery#victoriacross#history
My great great uncle alberts plaque at the memorial garden in Denton. Here myself and my family members held a small remembrance service in his memory on the anniversary of him being awarded the prestigious Victoria Cross. #remembrance#family#victoriacross#honour#pride
During #worldwar2 , Nand Singh led his troops up a steep ridge in #burma and captured major trenches despite carrying multiple injuries. In 1947, upon Independence, he took part in #india ’s first war with #pakistan . In the same year, he got severely injured in #uri , after which his body was paraded in Pakistan and thrown into a dump. Sadly, his body was never recovered. #nandsingh has the distinction of receiving the British #victoriacross , the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry awarded to #british and #commonwealth forces.
Before and after 🇦🇺; "Overwhelming odds"
Second Lieutenant William John Symons VC, 7th battalion Australian army.
His Victoria cross citation: "On 8–9 August 1915, at Lone pine, Gallopoli, Turkey, Symons was in command of a section of newly captured trenches and repelled several counter-attacks with great coolness. An enemy attack on an isolated sap early in the morning resulted in six officers becoming casualties and part of the sap being lost, but Symons retook it, shooting two Turks. The sap was then attacked from three sides and this officer managed, in the face of heavy fire, to build a barricade. On the enemy setting fire to the head cover, he extinguished it and rebuilt the barricade. His coolness and determination finally compelled the enemy to withdraw." Picture and information courtesy of the Imperial war museum.
War museum acquires fourth Victoria Cross from Battle of Hill 70—The @canwarmuseum recently acquired the Victoria Cross awarded to Lieutenant Robert Hill Hanna, of B Company, 29th Infantry Battalion, for his bravery and leadership during a key moment in the Battle of Hill 70 during the First World War.
With this acquisition, the museum now holds four of the six Victoria Crosses awarded to Canadians for action at Hill 70 and is currently working on plans for a display of the Hill 70 Victoria Crosses, to be unveiled in 2019. The museum also holds 39 of the 99 Victoria Crosses awarded to Canadians.
“The Battle of Hill 70 was a significant tactical victory for the Allies. This medal set is a tangible reminder of that battle and it will help us tell the story in a new display, to be unveiled in one of our galleries,” said James Whitham, acting director general of the Canadian War Museum.
Hanna’s medal was acquired with the support of Cyril Woods through the Hill 70 Memorial Project, of which he’s a founding donor, and with the assistance of the museum’s national collection fund.
“We thank Mr. Woods and members of the Hill 70 Memorial Project for their generosity in making this acquisition possible,” added Whitham.
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The ‘VC’ table was presented to Hugh McIntosh in 1924 by the surviving Victoria Cross recipients. The timber table features a marquetry map of Australia:
Huon pine – Tasmania
Jarrah - Western Australian
Blue gum - South Australia
Blond maple – Queensland
Mountain ash – Victoria
Cedar - New South Wales (including the ACT)
Sandalwood - Northern Territory.
McIntosh was president of the Returned Soldiers' Association in 1916 before he stepped down after members of the organisation protested that the position should be held by a veteran. McIntosh also conducted the first Anzac Memorial appeal in the Sydney Domain in 1916. He was a strong advocate of returning soldiers and took any opportunity to broadcast their plight.
As the director of the Tivoli Theatres, he presented all returning VC holders with a gold medallion in the shape of a VC which entitled them to free admission to the theatre for life. He was also instrumental in the creation of the Cenotaph in Martin Place in 1927. #mapmonday#awmemorial#victoriacross
#TBT to the photo mission I mentioned in yesterday's post in 2016, when I got to photograph @vintagewingsofcanada 's Corsair with @canadianwarplaneheritagemuseum 's Lancaster flying in formation taken from VWoC's Mustang for that year's Battle of Britain flypast. Yes, an unlikely formation for a Battle of Britain ceremony, but given these two aircraft are dedicated to Victoria Cross recipients, I think of it as a tribute to the hard won victories that the Battle of Britain made possible in the long run.
Honoured to attend the official renaming of Lieutenant Colonel Harcus Strachan VC, MC Armoury (formerly McGregor Armoury).
Great job by Uncle Stan Butterworth as he executed the official unveiling.
Some pics I took of the statue and graveyard tributes to Alfred Wilkinson.
Local hero #AlfredWilkinson received the #VictoriaCross for his courage at Marou, France 20th October 1918. Alfred Wilkinson VC died from gas poisoning at Bickershaw Colliery in 1940.
Today I attended the book launch for the new book 'The Victoria Cross: Australia Remembers' at @ingleburnrsl. This book is very special to me as it features my first husband Lt. Albert Chowne VC. There was a lovely service attended by the @governornsw and the author @michael_c_madden. Now I'm celebrating with a nice cold beer. #victoriacross#australiaremembers#ingleburnrsl#davidhurley
The Victoria Cross awarded to the unknown First World War soldier of the United States. As seen @arlingtonnatl
The Victoria Cross is the United Kingdom’s highest award for valour ‘in the presence of the enemy’. The United States presented its highest award for bravery: the Medal of Honour to the U.K.’s unknown warrior and is hung beside the tomb of aforementioned in Westminster Abbey. #VictoriaCross#Unknownsoldier#ArlingtonNationalMilitaryCemetary#history#militaryhistory#nofilter
Before and after 💂♂️🇬🇧; 'Where eagles dare'
Group Captain Insall VC MC "For most conspicuous bravery, skill and determination, on 7 November 1915, in France. He was patrolling in a Vickers Fighting Machine, with First Class Air Mechanic T. H. Donald as gunner, when a German machine was sighted, pursued, and attacked near Achiet.
The German pilot led the Vickers machine over a rocket battery, but with great skill Lieutenant Insall dived and got to close range, when Donald fired a drum of cartridges into the German machine, stopping its engine. The German pilot then dived through a cloud, followed by Lieutenant Insall Fire was again opened, and the German machine was brought down heavily in a ploughed field 4 miles south-east of Arras.
On seeing the Germans scramble out of their machine and prepare to fire, Lieutenant Insall dived to 500 feet, thus enabling Donald to open heavy fire on them. The Germans then fled, one helping the other, who was apparently wounded. Other Germans then commenced heavy fire, but in spite of this, Lieutenant Insall turned again, and an incendiary bomb was dropped on the German machine, which was last seen wreathed in smoke. Lieutenant Insall then headed west in order to get back over the German trenches, but as he was at only 2,000 feet altitude he dived across them for greater speed, Donald firing into the trenches as he passed over.
The German fire, however, damaged the petrol tank, and, with great coolness, Lieutenant Insall landed under cover of a wood 500 yards inside our lines. The Germans fired some 150 shells at our machine on the ground, but without causing material damage. Much damage had, however, been caused by rifle fire, but during the night it was repaired behind screened lights, and at dawn Lieutenant Insall flew his machine home with First Class Air Mechanic T. H. Donald as a passenger." #ww1#worldwar2#worldwarone#war#warincolour#photoshop#lightroom#warstories#britisharmy#RAF#veteran#victoriacross#wwi#ww2#warincolour