|V.C Heroes of the Somme !
|The most prestigious medal to be awarded for acts
of Bravery and Heroism is…The Victoria Cross.
This medal was first instituted in 1856 during the Reign of Queen
Victoria…hence the name.
It is still fabricated today in 2016 from the Russian cannons captured
at Sebastopol, it measures one and a half inches square and weighs
This small and unpretentious medal will always remain the “Highest
Decoration” bestowed on any of the fighting soldiers in the
British Forces of the Army, Navy and Air Force!
|During WW1 or “The Great War”…no-less
than 634 awards of this medal and most assuredly a coveted award,
the V.C were made, of this amount fifty-one
were awarded for Heroic action during the “Battle of the Somme”…alone!
The soldiers who received this award came from different ranks –
20 officers received it, 12 went to non- commissioned officers and
19 going to Privates and their equivalents.
This award was certainly not given unless these acts of Bravery
and Heroism were clearly witnessed and seen by those close-by the
soldier in question who was to be named for this award, they would
offer a true account of the soldiers actions and there-by issue
a report to the General Staff.
|There was of course many who felt that this honour
of the V.C. was undeserved by their actions, and others who, and
there are many more who clearly deserved this award but for reasons
otherwise known or not, did not receive it.
Many of the V.C.s awarded was not just for rushing against the enemy
with bursts of machine-gun or rifle fire, jumping into enemy trenches
bayonet in hand and killing the Germans in the heat or rage of battle
…but also to those who genuinely saved the lives of their
fellow comrades during a battle.
Acts of extreme Bravery and Heroism that these 51 V.C. recipients
received…some agreed that they too had seen some exceptional
acts of Bravery on the battlefield, some more Heroic than their
own (perhaps spoken in humility) to what they had clearly done and
achieved and were awarded for!
Such was the most unbelievable acts of - Heroism and Bravery - for
these 51 soldiers that it is impossible for me to write an account
of each and everyone…only to choose some of those that I consider
very worthy and without question!
(Left) One Of the 51 V.C.s awarded…only
a third was awarded posthumously, with only 33 of them surviving
the Great War.
This is a list of those 51 “Brave and
Heroic” soldiers that was awarded the V.C for their actions
during the “Battle of the Somme…