The Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cross, established in 1856 during the Crimean War, has remained to this day the highest British reward ‘For Valour’ and is perhaps the most prestigious gallantry medal in the world. Though the VC confers no special title and the medal itself is plain and simple in design, it is nevertheless the hardest-won and most coveted of gallantry awards. The VC has been earned in every theatre of war where British and Commonwealth soldiers have served over the past one hundred and fifty years and has been won by men aged from sixteen to sixty-one, soldiers, sailors, airmen and civilians.
Author Peter Duckers