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Your ancestor may have been awarded a Victoria Cross or another medal - maybe you know about it — or maybe you don't? Start searching our records today and find out about the fantastic acts of bravery your family members may have been involved in.

Victoria Cross investiture at Buckingham Palace on March 27th 1917 King George V presenting VC to Lieutenant F M W Harvey

Though did you know that many graves of Victoria Cross recipients face ruin, neglect and lie crumbling in forgotten cemetery corners across the nation. Their resting places are not maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission which currently does wonderful work for the graves of the fallen in battle across the world.

Only Victoria Cross recipients killed during the First and Second World Wars are commemorated with a grave or memorial that is protected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  All other VC Recipient’s graves who died in other conflicts and of old age are the responsibility of their relatives. Consequently many have fallen into disrepair through neglect or lack of funding, family members have died out, their memory has been forgotten or many relatives may be unaware of the graves or even that a family member once received a Victoria Cross.

The Victoria Cross Trust, through ‘your’ generous donations, works tirelessly to ensure the memory and graves of these and those of every Victoria Cross are remembered and maintained to the best of their ability.

The Victoria Cross Trust do not receive funding from the Government or from any other organisation, they rely solely on your contributions.

They are asking if you can discover if you have a forgotten Victoria Cross winner in your family, town or village, find the grave and let them know where it is.  They also want you to insist that the Government pays to restore and maintain Victoria Cross graves of any era and donate to the ‘Victoria Cross Trust’.

Help and support the Victoria Cross Trust here:


This weekend, to commemorate these exceptional men, we're giving 2 years for the price of 1 to the first 100 to subscribe for full membership.

Use discount code VC-DOUBLE

The offer starts at 00:01 on the 24th September, and ends at 23:59 on the 26th September. Recipients of the offer will be emailed Tuesday 27th confirming the 2 years subscription. Please check your in box.

Field Marshal Montgomery decorating the tallest general in the British Army Major-General C M Barber with a Bar to his D.S.O.
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