Events for Saturday 29th January 2022

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Queen Victoria institutes the Victoria Cross

29th January 1856

The VC was introduced on 29th January 1856 by Queen Victoria to reward acts of valour during the Crimean War. Since then, the medal has been awarded 1,356 times to 1,353 individual recipients. To date, only 13 medals, nine to members of the British Army, and four to the Australian Army have been awarded since the Second World War.

Further Reading

The Complete Victoria Cross
(Paperback - 432 pages)
by Kevin Brazier

This complete chronological record of VC holders is an essential work of reference for every student of military history. All the British and Commonwealth servicemen who have been awarded the highest honour for exceptional acts of bravery and self-sacrifice are commemorated here. The first VCs awarded for the Crimean War… Read more...

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