Harold Ackroyd VC

Harold Ackroyd VC World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Southport, England, he was a doctor serving as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps, British Army. At Ypres, Belgium, during an enemy attack July 31 to 1 August, 1917, Captain Ackroyd, despite being under fire for hours at a time tended to the wounded men in the front line. He carried one wounded officer to safety on his back and returned to…

Continue reading

Thomas Barratt VC

Thomas Barratt VC Thomas Barratt VC (5 May 1895 – 27 July 1917) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Barratt was born on 5 May 1895 to James and Sarah Ann Barratt.He was 22 years old, and a private in the 7th Battalion, The South Staffordshire Regiment, British Army during…

Continue reading

Alfred George Drake VC

Alfred George Drake VC Alfred George Drake VC (10 December 1893 – 23 November 1915) was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealthforces. Drake was born in December 1893 in Mile End, Stepney, London to Robert and Mary Ann Drake. He was 21 years old, and a corporal in the 8th Battalion, The Rifle Brigade…

Continue reading

The History of the Victoria Cross

The History of the Victoria Cross             The Victoria Cross owes its evolution to the The Crimean War (1854-1856), when it was realized that no award was open to all soldiers regardless of rank. William Howard Russell of the Times, documented numerous unrewarded acts of gallantry by the British forces sparking huge debate on the issue of recognizing sacrifice and bravery. It became clear that a new kind of decoration…

Continue reading

Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC

Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC & Bar, MC (9 November 1884 – 4 August 1917) was a British medical doctor, Olympic athlete, and British Army officer who is one of only three people to be awarded a Victoria Cross twice. The battlefield of Guillemont was to see acts of heroism by Captain Chavasse, the only man to be awarded the Victoria Cross twice during the First World War. In 1916, Chavasse…

Continue reading

George Nicholson Bradford VC

George Nicholson Bradford VC Lieutenant Commander George Nicholson Bradford VC (23 April 1887 – 23 April 1918) was an English recipient of theVictoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to Britishand Commonwealth forces. His brother was also awarded the VC, making them the only brothers to be awarded the VC during World War I. Bradford was born on 23 April 1887 to…

Continue reading