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'Three VCs in Two Armies' by John Stanyard.

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John Stanyard will be giving a presentation on "Three VCs in Two Armies" - The stories of three members of the Salvation Army who won the Victoria Cross during the Great War: James Finn, William Clamp and Thomas Holmes. IMAGE: From interview with John Stanyard.


11 February 1889 MacGregor VC, Canada’s most highly decorated soldier

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John MacGregor was born on 11 February 1889 at Cawdor in the County of Nairnshire and was the third child of William and Hanna MacGregor. He was brought up on a croft at Newlands of Urchany and was baptised at Cawdor Free Church. He attended Geddes School, Cawdor School and Nairn Academy when he left full time education in 1907. When he left scho…


2/Lt Edward Felix Baxter VC

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The short biography that follows is based on the account which appears in Gerald Gliddon's 'VCs of the First World War: Cambrai 1917' (The History Press. 2012). Edward Felix Baxter was born on 18 September 1885 at Thornleigh, 35 Hagley Road, Old Swinford, Stourbridge, in Worcestershire. His home later became a YMCA Centre. He was the second son of…


021: Winter 1987

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'William Harold Coltman VC' a talk by his great-grandson Tim Coltman

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Tim Coltman, William Harold Coltman VC's great-grandson, will give this talk. William Harold Coltman was the most decorated NCO in the British Army in the Great War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the Distinguished Conduct Medal & Bar and the Military Medal & Bar.   He was a Stretcher Bearer. According to the Staffordshire Re…


The Road to Victory 1918

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Book review by Anne Clayton. The Road to Victory 1918 covers the fifty days between 8 August and 26 September when the Allied advance gathered momentum, from the first efforts east of Amiens, southwards to Peronne and then swinging to the north-east. Accounts are given of the sixty-four Victoria Crosses won during this time, including Scottish-bor…


The Final Days 1918

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Book review by Anne Clayton. The Final Days 1918 gives details of fifty-six VC winners who gained their awards during the six weeks prior to the Armistice. The last VC before the Armistice was awarded to A / Major B.M.Cloutman for his bravery during the crossing of the River Sambre on 6 November. Cloutman was with 59th Field Company, Royal Enginee…


069: January 2004

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079: April 2007

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Henry May VC

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Henry May VC was one of 5 servicemen to win a VC on the Western Front in October 1914 and will have a commemorative paving stone dedicated to his memory at a ceremony to be held in the City of Glasgow on or around 22 October 2014. His stone will be the second one laid to a Glasgow VC, the one of Capt Harry Sherwood Ranken being the first. Both men …


Harold Mugford VC

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Harold Mugford was born at 149 Keetons Road, Bermondsey, London on 31 August 1894, the second son of Richard John Sanford and Rose Lillian Mugford (nee Parsons). The family later moved to 2 Gillett Avenue, East Ham where he attended the Shrewsbury Road School.  On leaving school, he found employment as a clerk with a shipping company, Furness Withy…


Victoria Crosses Won on the Western Front

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  The Victoria Cross (VC) is awarded for 'conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy'. For a medal that is awarded for supreme gallantry, it is a singularly plain, a variable dark brown in colour and relatively unadorned object. It is also quite small, only 1.4 inches by 1.4 inches, weighs less than an ounce overall (about 25 grammes). Al…