Robert Walsh

Freelance writer from Cornwall

The Naval Victoria Cross

Robert Walsh


The Victoria Cross, first established by Royal Warrant in 1855 during the Crimean War and the first medal available to all servicemen regardless of rank, is a benchmark of military heroism. Its holders are considered almost a breed apart, a cut above their peers. The VC itself is unostentatious compared to many lesser decorations and this was intentional from its inception.

The VC is a simple bronze pattee resembling a Maltese Cross, 41mm high and 36mm across, weighing approximately 0.87 of a Troy ounce and fashioned from bronze cannon parts captured during the siege of Sevastopol. All VC’s are hand-made by respected London jeweller Hancock’s and have been made there since the medal first existed. The cross itself is suspended by a ring from a seriffed “V” to a bar ornamented with laurel leaves through which the ribbon passes. The reverse of the suspension bar is engraved with the recipient’s name…

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This entry was posted on September 4, 2014 by in Uncategorized.
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