In 1940, on this day, 8th April —the Captain of HMS Glowworm, Lieutenant Commander Roope’s actions had just earned him the first Victoria Cross of the Second World War.
100 years ago today Robert Downie was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" Read More Here
To earn a Victoria Cross you have to be either slightly mad, phenomenally brave, or a combination of the two. These two heroes might well fall into the ‘a bit of both’ category as we remember their actions, 100 years later.
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.
This commemoration of his short life in words and music will be in the School Chapel where his VC is recorded, and will include a detailed account of the action and its significance for aerial combat and the morale of the nation.
Sergeant Albert Gill VC (8th September 1879 – 27th July 1916) from Birmingham, Warwickshire was a 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.
The dawn of mechanised warfare in the Great War meant that a body of men especially trained to operate the new guns was soon required. This was the Machine Gun Corps.
A Great War hero has been honoured by his old school 100 years on, in the same week as we remember the actions of Charles Upham, who was awarded the V.C. twice over in World War Two.
In April 1940 the first Victoria Cross of the Second World War was awarded to LT. CMRD Roope. Read the Incredible story of LT. CMRD Roope.