Which Regiment Has The Most VC?

How many VCs have been awarded?

1,355 VCsThere are 1,352, including the unknown soldier in Arlington Cemetery.

However, a total of 1,355 VCs have been awarded, as three people have had it twice – a distinction known as “VC and Bar”, which means you are about as brave as it is possible to be without winning a war on your own..

Has anyone won 2 Victoria Crosses?

Captain Charles Upham, who has died aged 86, twice won the Victoria Cross. Only three men have ever won double VCs, and the other two were medical officers: Col A Martin-Leake, who received the decoration in the Boer War and the First World War; and Capt N G Chavasse, who was killed in France in 1917.

How many Victoria Cross recipients are still alive?

As of 2019, there are five living recipients of the Victoria Cross, three living recipients of the Victoria Cross for Australia and one living recipient of the Victoria Cross for New Zealand.

Who was the last person to receive the Victoria Cross?

L/Cpl Johnson BeharryMajor Richard Streatfeild: “It will mean the most to his family” The 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.

How much is a VC medal 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.

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.

Can you sell war medals?

Generally, it’s legal to buy and sell medals, provided you aren’t planning to wear them if you haven’t earned them. It’s not illegal to own medals that weren’t awarded to you, but it is illegal to wear medals you haven’t earned.

Has a woman ever won a VC?

Women have only been eligible to receive the Victoria Cross since 1921 and there have been no female winners since then. As a result, the medal given to Elizabeth Harris, although informal, is the only “VC” to have been awarded to a woman.

Has an American ever won 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.

How much is a purple heart worth?

They are sold for about $30 at a military base, and even though they are only meant for recipients looking for a replacement, often the sellers don’t ask for proof of eligibility.

How many VC won at Rorke’s Drift?

Eleven Victoria CrossesEleven Victoria Crosses (VC) and five Distinguished Conduct Medals were awarded to survivors of Rorke’s Drift. One of the VCs went to Corporal Christian Schiess (1856-84). Born in Switzerland, he later settled in South Africa and joined a British colonial unit, serving throughout the Zulu War.

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.

Are medals worth anything?

Put simply, yes! War medals are worth money, but how much you make when selling them depends on a lot of factors. If your medals are in great condition they will make more money than if they are damaged. If you have the original papers and presentation boxes that go with your medals they will also be worth more.

Can I wear my grandads medals?

As the medal is unofficial, it should not be worn. However it is often worn and, if it is, it must not be in line with official State awards.

Which regiment has 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 has won the most VCs?

Capt ChavasseCapt Chavasse won the VC twice, the conclusions to the citations for both awards highlighting his bravery while treating wounded men. “He saved the lives of some 20 badly wounded men, besides the ordinary cases which passed through his hands.

Do you salute a VC winner?

There is no official requirement that appears in the official warrant of the VC, nor in Queen’s Regulations and Orders, but tradition dictates that this occurs, and as such, senior officers will salute a private awarded a VC or GC.

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.