Question: Do Officers Salute VC Winners?

Has anyone won the VC and GC?

George Cross for hero who’s already got a Victoria Cross (That’s his girlfriend’s name!) He claims to be the first person ever to hold both the George Cross and Victoria Cross.

One, Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher wears around his neck..

Has a woman ever won a VC?

Elizabeth Webber Harris (1834–1917) was an English nurse who was awarded a replica Victoria Cross (VC) in 1869, with the permission of Queen Victoria, for her bravery during a cholera outbreak in India. … She remains the only woman to be awarded a VC of any description.

Can an American be awarded the Victoria Cross?

AMERICA is to award the Congressional Medal of Honour, the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, to a British Special Boat Service commando who led the rescue of a CIA officer from an Afghan prison revolt. It will be the first time the medal has been awarded to a living foreigner.

What is the highest medal of honor?

The Congressional Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded for valor and is the only one approved by the U.S. Congress for presentation by the President of the United States, in the name of Congress.

How many VC winners are still alive?

There are five living holders of the VC—one RAF (WW2), three British Army (Confrontation, Iraq and Afghanistan) and one Australian Army (Vietnam).

What is the rarest military medal?

The Victoria Cross is the ‘holy grail’ for medal collectors because there are only 1,357 in existence. Bearing the inscription ‘For valour’ and known as a VC, this medal was first awarded for ‘conspicuous bravery’ in 1856 and later backdated to the Crimean war of 1854.

How much is a VC worth?

Their collections are typically worth at least £215 – with values up 30 per cent over five years. The top price ever paid for a gallantry medal is £1.5 million for a Victoria Cross awarded to First World War Captain Noel Chavasse – one of only three people to have received two VCs – five years ago.

What is the highest civilian award in UK?

The George CrossThe George Cross (GC) is the highest civil decoration of the United Kingdom and other member states of the Commonwealth of Nations. It is the highest gallantry award for civilians of any rank or profession, and is primarily intended to be a civil award.

Who owns the most Victoria Crosses?

Billionaire Lord Ashcroft owns the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses – yet he doesn’t know if he has what it takes to win one, the Sunday People reports.

Who gets the Victoria Cross?

The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry that a British and Commonwealth serviceman can achieve. It is linked with acts of extreme bravery and the original document associated with the medal stated that it could only be awarded for “gallantry of the highest order”.

Is the Victoria Cross still awarded today?

The last occasion a Commonwealth country was awarded the Victoria Cross was in 1969 during the Vietnam War and today all Commonwealth countries whose armed forces had been awarded the Victoria Cross under the British honours systems have their own honours systems and their own orders, decorations and medals.

How many Gurkhas have won the VC?

13 Victoria CrossesThe Gurkhas have served with distinction throughout the world for over 200 years, earning an incredible 13 Victoria Crosses (VC), Britain’s highest military honour.

Which British regiment has won the most Victoria Crosses?

More than 2,000 people in Epsom have signed a petition to hand the freedom of the borough to the soldiers of the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, which has won 57 Victoria Crosses in its 350-year history.

Who was the last person to receive the Victoria Cross?

L/Cpl Johnson BeharryThe last living person to receive the VC was L/Cpl Johnson Beharry, of the 1st Battalion the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment, after he twice saved the lives of colleagues while under enemy fire in Iraq in 2004.