The Victoria Cross Blog

"Inspired by the sacrifices of those before us"

Aubrey Cosens - VC

Aubrey Cosens - VC

"Sergeant Aubrey Cosens, now in command of the only 4 survivors of his Platoon, wastes no time in taking the fight back to the Germans..."
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Gian Singh - VC

Gian Singh - VC

"Yet again, Gian assaulted the position alone, killing all occupants and capturing the gun single-handed..."
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Bhanbhagta Gurung - VC

Bhanbhagta Gurung - VC

"Without waiting for any orders Gurung charges towards the first enemy foxhole, killing all enemy inside with grenades. Without hesitation he then charges a second enemy foxhole and kills two more enemy with his bayonet..."
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Nand Singh - VC

Nand Singh - VC

"Under heavy fire Singh led his section over a steep knife-edge ridge where he received his first wound to the thigh. Despite this he rushed ahead of his section and with his bayonet took the enemy trench."
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Thomas Hunter - VC

Thomas Hunter - VC

"Corporal Hunter continued to shout encouragement to his men whilst laying down fire until he was finally killed from a burst of machine gun fire - he was just 21 years old.⁠"
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Anders Lassen - VC

Anders Lassen - VC

"Like most Officers of his rank, he continually found himself in drunken bar fights, and was renowned for his volatile temper, complete lack of discretion, and utter contempt for the rules.⁠"
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Lachhiman Gurung - VC

Lachhiman Gurung - VC

"As dawn broke, the bodies of 87 dead Japanese soldiers were counted in the vicinity of the company’s line - 31 of those said dead bodies lay in front of Lachhiman Gurungs Kukri."
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James Gordon - VC

James Gordon - VC

"Crawling forward alone over ground now racked by enemy machine-gun fire and grenades, James managed to get within a few feet of the machine-gun post undetected..."
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James Allen Ward - VC

James Allen Ward - VC

"With the flames taking hold and spreading at an alarming rate it was looking fairly certain that the crew would have to abandon the aircraft... James however had a better idea."
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Stan Hollis - VC

Stan Hollis - VC

"Realising his company is at the real risk of being wiped out, jeopardising the whole landing, Sgt. Major Hollis jumps into action..."
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Tul Pun - VC

Tul Pun - VC

"With all the fire now concentrated at this lone Gurkha, Tul miraculously manages to cross over 30 yards of ankle deep mud, fallen trees and shell holes whilst firing his gun from the hip."
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