20th December 2018 – NOTE DATE
Peter Franklin: Memorials to Victoria Cross holders of the Great War in the Royal Memorial Chapel in the RMA, Camberley
Although retired, Peter now works part time as a Verger at the Royal Memorial Chapel, The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Peter has a long association with the Chapel, as he has been a member of the Chapel Choir for over 30 years. He has spent many years researching the ‘Victorian Wars’ and the many Chapel memorials. There are over 5,000 recorded names on memorials in the Chapel, ranging from The First Afghan Wars to the present day, and around 25,000 names in Rolls of Honour. Peter has written two guides for the Chapel; the guide to the stained-glass windows, and the Victoria Cross holders memorialised in the Chapel from the First World War.
This will be an illustrated talk which will cover some of the holders of the Victoria Cross who died in the Great War and who have memorials in the Royal Memorial Chapel in the Royal Military Academy, descriptions of the actions for which the medals were awarded, and who the recipients were. The memorials include the only three pairs of fathers and sons who have both been awarded the Victoria Cross.