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Recipients of the Victoria Cross Associated with the North-East of England

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The Victoria Cross Commemoration Society.

See also the History of the Victoria Cross and The Victoria Cross Commemoration Society.


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A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P R S T W Y

A

  • AARON, A.L. -- 13th August 1943 -- A/Flight-Sergeant -- The Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
  • ALLEN, W. -- 22-23rd January 1879 -- Corporal -- The 24th Regiment, (South Wales Borderers)
  • ALLEN, W.B. -- 3rd September 1916 -- Captain -- The Royal Army Medical Corps, attached Royal Field Artillery
  • ANDERSON, C. -- 11th November 1862 -- Private -- The 2nd Dragoon Guards
  • ANDERSON, E. -- 6th April 1943 -- Private -- The East Yorkshire Regiment
  • ANDERSON, W. -- 12th March 1915 -- Corporal -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)
  • ANNAND, R.W. -- 15-16th May 1940 -- 2nd Lieutenant -- The Durham Light Infantry,
  • ANSON, The Hon. A.H. -- 28th Sept-16th Nov 1857 -- Lt Colonel -- The 84th Regiment, (The York & Lancaster Regiment)
  • ATKINSON, A. -- 18th February 1900 -- Sergeant -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)

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B

  • BARTON, C.J. -- 30th March 1944 -- Pilot Officer -- The Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves
  • BEAL, E.F. -- 21-22 March 1918 -- T/2nd Lieutenant -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards),
  • BELL, D.S. -- 5th July 1916 -- T/2nd Lieutenant -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)
  • BELL, M.S. -- 4th February 1874 -- Colonel -- The Royal Engineers
  • BERGIN, J. -- 13th April 1868 -- Private -- The 33rd Regiment, (The West Riding Regiment), (DWR)
  • BEST-DUNKLEY, B. -- 31st July 1917 -- T/Lt Colonel -- The Lancashire Fusiliers
  • BOULGER, A. -- 12th July-25th Sept 1857 -- L/Corporal -- The 84th Regiment, (The York & Lancaster Regiment)
  • BRADFORD, G.N. -- 22-23rd April 1918 -- Lt Commander -- The Royal Navy
  • BRADFORD, R.B. -- 1st October 1916 -- T/Lt-Colonel -- The Durham Light Infantry
  • BRYAN, T. -- 9th April 1917 -- L/Corporal -- The Northumberland Fusiliers
  • BURTON, R.H. -- 8th October 1944 -- Private -- The Duke of Wellington's Regiment
  • BUTLAR, W.B. -- 6th August 1917 -- Private -- The West Yorkshire Regiment
  • BYRNE, J. -- 5th Nov 1854, 11th May 1855 -- Corporal -- The 68th Regiment, (The Durham Light Infantry)

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C

  • CAFFREY, J. -- 16th November 1915 -- Private -- The York & Lancaster Regiment
  • CAIN, R.H. -- 19-25th September 1944 -- T/Major -- The Northumberland Fusiliers, att. 1st Airborne Div
  • CAIRNS, H. -- 1st November 1918 -- Sergeant -- The Saskatchewan Regiment, CEF
  • CALVERT, L. -- 12th September 1918 -- Sergeant -- The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • CHAFER, G.W. -- 3-4th June 1916 -- Private -- The East Yorkshire Regiment
  • CHARLTON, E.C. -- 21st April 1945 -- Guardsman -- The Irish Guards
  • CHICKEN, G.B. -- 27th September 1858 -- Mr -- The Indian Naval Brigade
  • CLAMP, W. -- 9th October 1917 -- Corporal -- Tbe Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)
  • COLLIN, J.H. -- 9th April 1918 -- 2nd Lieutenant -- The King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment
  • COLUMBINE, H.G. -- 22nd March 1918 -- Private -- The Machine Gun Corps
  • COOPER, E. -- 16th August 1917 -- Sergeant -- The King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • COULSON, C.H.B. -- 18th May 1901 -- Lieutenant -- The King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • COVERDALE, H. -- 4th October 1917 -- Sergeant -- The Manchester Regiment
  • CRANDON, H.G. -- 4th July 1901 -- Private -- The 18th Hussars
  • CUNNINGHAM, J. -- 13th November 1916 -- Private -- The East Yorkshire Regiment

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D

  • DANIELS, H. -- 12th March 1915 -- C.S.M. -- The Rifle Brigade
  • DAYKINS, J.B. -- 20th October 1918 -- Corporal -- The York & Lancaster Regiment
  • DOBSON, F.W. -- 28th September 1914 -- L/Corporal -- The Coldstream Guards
  • DONNINI, D. -- 18th January 1945 -- Fusilier -- The Royal Scots Fusiliers
  • DRESSER, T. -- 12th May 1917 -- Private -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)

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E

  • EDWARDS, W. -- 16th August 1917 -- Private -- The King s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • ESMONDE, E.K. -- 12th February 1942 -- Lt-Commander -- The Royal Navy, (The Fleet Air Arm)
  • EVANS, S. -- 13th April 1855 -- Private -- The 19th Regiment, (The Yorkshire Regiment), (The Green Howards)

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F

  • FIRTH, J. -- 24th February 1900 -- Sergeant -- The West Riding Regiment, (The Duke of Wellington's Regiment)

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G

  • GARFORTH, C.E. -- 23rd August 1914 -- Corporal -- The 15th Hussars
  • GARLAND, D.E. -- 12th May 1940 -- Flying Officer -- The Royal Air Force
  • GOAT, W. -- 6th March 1858 -- L/Corporal -- The 9th Lancers
  • GOUGH, H.H. -- 12th Nov 1857, 25th Feb 1858 -- Lieutenant -- The Indian Army
  • GRANT, R. -- 24th September 1857 -- Sergeant -- The 5th Regiment, (The Northumberland Fusiliers),
  • GREENWOOD, H. -- 23-24th October 1918 -- A/Lt Colonel -- The Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • GRIMBALDESTON, W.H. -- 16th August 1917 -- A/C.Q.M.S. -- The King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • GUNN, G.W. -- 21st Nov 1941 -- 2nd Lieutenant -- The Royal Horse Artillcry
  • GUY, B.J.D. -- 31st July 1900 -- Midshipman -- The Royal Navy

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H

  • HACKEN, W. -- 22/23rd June 1916 -- Sapper -- The Royal Engineers
  • HAMILTON, C. De C. -- 11th May 1855 -- Captain -- The 68th Regiment, (The Durham Light Infantry)
  • HARPER, J.W. -- 29th September 1944 -- Corporal -- The York & Lancs Regiment
  • HARRISON, J. -- 3rd May 1917 -- T/2nd Lieutenant -- The East Yorkshire Regiment
  • HARVEY, S. -- 29th September 1915 -- Private -- The York & Lancaster Regiment
  • HAVELOCK, H.M. -- 16th July 1857 -- Lieutenant -- The 10th Regiment, (The Lincolnshire Regiment)
  • HEAVISIDE, M. -- 6th May 1917 -- Private -- The Durham Light Infantry
  • HEDGE, F.W. -- 24th October 1918 -- T/Lieutenant -- The Bedfordshire Regiment
  • HILL, A.R. -- 28th January 1881 -- Lieutenant -- The Northamptonshire Regiment
  • HIRSCH, D.P. -- 23rd April 1917 -- A/Captain -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)
  • HOLLIS, S.E. -- 6th June 1944 -- CSM -- The Green Howards
  • HOLMES, F.W. -- 26th August 1914 -- L/Corporal -- The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • HOLMES, J. -- 25th Sept 1857 -- Private -- The 84th Regiment, (The York & Lancaster Regiment)
  • HUFFAM, J.P. -- 31st August 1918 -- 2nd Lieutenant -- The Riding Regiment, (The Duke of Wellington's Regiment)
  • HUGHES, M. -- 7th Jun-18th Jun 1955 -- Private -- The 7th Regiment, (The Royal Fusiliers)
  • HULL, C. -- 5th September 1915 -- Private -- The 21st Lancers

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I

  • INSALL, G.S.M. -- 7th Novemeber 1915 -- 2nd Lieutenant -- The Royal Flying Corps

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J

  • JACKMAN, J.J.B. -- 25th Nov 1941 -- Temp Captain -- The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers
  • JACKSON, H. -- 22nd March 1918 -- Sergeant -- The East Yorkshire Regiment
  • JACKSON, T.N. -- 27th Sept 1918 -- L/Corporal -- The Coldstream Guards
  • JENNINGS, E. -- 14-22nd Nov 1857 -- Rough Rider -- The Indian Army
  • JOHNSON, J. -- 14th October 1918 -- T/2nd Lieutenant -- The Northumberland Fusiliers

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K

  • KELLY, H. -- 4th October 1916 -- T/2nd Lieutenant -- The West Riding Regiment, (The Duke of Wellington's Regiment)
  • KENNY, T. -- 4th November 1915 -- Private -- The Durham Light Infantry
  • KIBBY, W.H. -- 23-31st October 1942 -- Sergeant -- The Australian Military Forces

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L

  • LAIDLAW, D. -- 25th Sept 1915 -- Piper -- The King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • LAMBERT, G. -- 29th Ju1 & 16th Aug & 25th Sept 1857 -- Sergeant-Major -- The Yorks and Lancs Regiment
  • LASCELLES, A.M. -- 3rd December,1917 -- A/Captain -- The Durham Light Infantry
  • LAWSON, E. -- 20th October 1897 -- Private -- The Gordon Highlanders
  • LEACH, J. -- 29th October 1914 -- 2nd Lieutenant -- The Manchester Regiment
  • LIDDELL, J.A. -- 31st July,1915 -- Captain -- Royal Flying Corps
  • LOOSEMORE, A. -- 11th August 1917 -- Private -- The West Riding Regiment, (The Duke of Wellington's Regiment)
  • LOUDOUN-SHAND, S.W. -- 1st July 1916 -- Temp Major -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)
  • LYONS, J. -- 10th June 1855 -- Private -- The 19th Regiment(The Yorkshire Regiment), (The Green Howards)

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M

  • McGUFFIE, L. -- 28th Sept 1918 -- A/Sergeant -- The King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • McHALE, P. -- 2nd Oct & 22nd Dec 1857 -- Private -- The Northumberland Fusiliers
  • McKAY, I.J. -- 12th June 1982 -- Sergeant -- The Parachute Regiment
  • McKEAN, G.B. -- 27/28th April 1918 -- Lieutenant -- The Canadian Infantry Battalion
  • McKENNA, E. -- 7th September 1863 -- Colour-Sergeant -- The 65th Regiment, (The Yorks and Lancaster)
  • McMANUS, P. -- 26th Septr 1857 -- Private -- The Northumberland Fusiliers
  • McNALLY, W. -- 27-29th Nov 1918 -- Sergeant -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)
  • McNESS, F. -- 15th Sept 1916 -- L/Sergeant -- The Scots Guards
  • MAGNER, M. -- 13th April 1868 -- Drummer -- The 33rd Regiment, (The West Riding Regiment), (DWR)
  • MALING, G.A. -- 25th September 1915 -- T/Lieutenant -- The Royal Army Medical Corps
  • MANSEL-JONES, C. -- 27th Feb 1900 -- Captain -- The West Yorkshire Regiment
  • MARSHALL, W.T. -- 29th Feb 1884 -- Q.M.S. -- The 19th Hussars
  • MAUFE, T.H.B. -- 4th June 1917 -- 2nd Lieutenant -- The Royal Garrison Artillery
  • MEEKOSHA, S. -- l9th November 1915 -- Corporal -- The West Yorkshire Regiment
  • MOUNTAIN, A. -- 26th March 1918 -- Sergeant -- The West Yorkshire Regiment
  • MOYNIHAN, A. -- 8th September 1855 -- Sergeant -- 90th Regiment, (The Cameronians)
  • MURPHY, M. -- 15th April 1858 -- Farrier -- The Military Train, (The Royal Corps of Transport)
  • MURRAY, J. -- 21st June 1864 -- Sergeant -- The Durham Light Infantry
  • MYLOTT, P. -- 17th November 1857 -- Private -- The 84th Regiment, (The York & Lancaster Regiment)

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N

  • NAPIER, W. -- 6th April 1858 -- Sergeant -- The 13th Regiment, (The Somerset Light Infantry)
  • NEWELL, R. -- 19th March 1858 -- Private -- The 9th Lancers
  • NICHOLLS, H. -- 21st May 1940 -- L/Corporal -- The Grenadier Guards

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O

  • ORMSBY, J.W. -- 14th April 1917 -- Sergeant -- The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

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P

  • PEARSON, J. -- 26thJanuary 1858 -- Private -- The 8th Hussars
  • PERCY, The Hon. Henry H.M. -- 5th Nov 1854 -- Colonel -- The Grenadier Guards
  • POULTER, A. -- 28th April 1918 -- Private -- The West Riding Regiment, (The Duke of Wellington's Regiment)
  • PROCTOR, A.H. -- 4th June 1916 -- Private -- The Liverpool Regiment

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R

  • RAYNES, J.C. -- 11th October 1915 -- A/Sergeant -- The Royal Field Artillery
  • RIDGEWAY, R.K. -- 22nd November 1879 -- Captain -- The Bengal Staff Corps
  • RIGGS, F.C. -- 1st October 1918 -- Sergeant -- The York & Lancaster Regiment
  • ROBSON, H.H. -- 14th Decemher 1914 -- Private -- The Royal Scots
  • RYAN, J. -- 7th September 1863 -- L/Corporal -- The 65th Regiment, (The York & Lancaster Regiment)

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S

  • SANDERS, G. -- 1st July 1916 -- Corporal -- The West Yorkshire Regiment
  • SANDFORD -- 22/23RD April 1918 -- Lieutenant -- The Royal Navy
  • SEAGRIM, D.A. -- 20/21st Mar 1943 -- T/Lt Colonel -- The Green Howards
  • SHEPHERD, A.E. -- 20th November 1917 -- Rifleman -- The King's Royal Rifle Corps
  • SHEPHERD, J. -- 15th July 1855 -- Boatswain's Mate -- The Royal Navy
  • SHORT, W. -- 6th August 1916 -- Private -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)
  • SIMMOTT, J. -- 6th October 1857 -- L/Corporal -- 84th Regiment, (The York & Lancaster Regiment)
  • SKINNER, J. -- 16th August 1917 -- A/C.S.M. -- The King's Own Scottish Borderers
  • SMITH, J.A.G. -- 21st December 1914 -- Private -- The Border Regiment
  • SPEAKMAN, W. -- 4th November 1951 -- Private -- The Black Watch, (Attached King's Own Scottish Borderers)
  • STANNARD, R.B. -- 28th Apr-2nd May 1940 -- Lieutenant -- The Royal Naval Reserve
  • STEELE, T. -- 22nd February 1917 -- L/Sergeant -- The Seaforth Highlanders
  • SYKES, E. -- l9th April 1917 -- Private -- The Northumberland Fusiliers
  • SYMONS, G. -- 18th October 1854 -- Lieutenant -- The Military Train, (The Royal Corps of Transport)

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T

  • TANDY, H. -- 28th September 1918 -- Private -- The West Riding Regiment, (The Duke of Wellington's Regiment)
  • TRAYNOR, W.B. -- 6th February 1901 -- Sergeant -- The West Yorkshire Regiment
  • TURNER, H.V. -- 6th June 1944 -- A/Sergeant -- The West Yorkshire Regiment

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W

  • WAKENSHAW, A.H. -- 27th June 1942 -- Private -- The Durham Light Infantry
  • WALLER, H. -- 10th April 1917 -- Private -- The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • WARD, C. -- 26th June 1900 -- Private -- The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • WATSON, O.C.S. -- 28th March 1918 -- A/Lt Colonel -- The London Yeomanry, Attch
  • WESTON, W.B. -- 3rd March 1945 -- Lieutenant -- The Green Howards
  • WHITE, A.C.T. -- 27th Sept & 1st Oct 1916 -- T/Captain -- The Yorkshire Regiment, (The Green Howards)
  • WHITE, J. -- 7/8th March 1917 -- Private -- The Royal Lancaster Regiment
  • WILKINSON, T. -- 7th June 1855 -- Bombardier -- The Royal Marine Artillery
  • WOOD, H.B. -- 13th October 1918 -- Corporal -- The Scot's Guards
  • WOOD, W. -- 28th October 1918 -- Private -- The Northumberland Fusiliers
  • WYATT, G.H. -- 25/26th August 1914 -- L/Corporal -- The Coldstream Guards

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Y

  • YATE, C.A.L. -- 25/26th August 1914 -- Major -- The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
  • YOUENS, F. -- 7th July 1917 -- T/2nd Lieutenant -- The Durham Light Infantry
  • YOULL, J.S. -- 15th June 1918 -- T/2nd Lieutenant -- The Northumberland Fusiliers
  • YOUNG, T. -- 25th-31st March 1918 -- Private -- The Durham Light Infantry
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The Victoria Cross

On the 29th January, 1856, Her Majesty Queen Victoria signed the Royal Warrant that was to institute The Victoria Cross. It was to be, and still is, the highest, and most highly prized, military decoration to be awarded. Only issued for acts of outstanding bravery and devotion to duty, it is open to all ranks, and can only be issued in times of war.

The Victoria Cross out-ranks all other British and Commonwealth Orders, Decorations and Medals. Since it's institution has only been awarded 1354 times, which includes being awarded twice (signified by an additional bar) to the same people, on three occasions!

The first was awarded to: Mate Charles Lucas, Royal Navy, 21st June, 1854. The Baltic, The Crimean War.

The most recent was awarded posthumously to: Sergeant Ian McKay, The Parachute Regiment. 12th June, 1982, The Falkland Islands, The Falkland War.

The Victoria Cross is made today by the same firm of jewellers as in 1856, and is said to be cast from the bronze canon barrels captured at the Battle of Sebastopol, during The Crimean War in 1854.

Prior to The Royal Air Force being established in 1918. The Victoria Cross showed different coloured ribbons for each of the armed services. blue for the Navy and Maroon of the Army.

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The Victoria Cross Commemoration Society

The Society, has been established so that like minded people can join together to commemorate the brave and devoted recipients of The Victoria Cross.

Our aim is to inform and educate in order to ensure that all those who have been awarded this most coveted decoration are never forgotten, neither today, nor by future generations.

Over the years a great deal has been written about many of the winners, but we believe there is a lot more to be written, about all of them!

If you are related to, or have information about any V.C. holder, no matter how unimportant you think it is, please contact us. In this way we can ensure that their exploits are recorded and that their memory lives on.

Your Faithfully

Phillip Pike (Founder)

Membership costs £20.00 per year (£12.50 for under 18 years of age). If you would like to join the society or make a donation, please send it together with a S.A.E. to,

The V.C.C.S. c/o 79 Beaumont Terrace, Westerhope Village, Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE5 5JQ, United Kingdom

Framed details (including citations) of any of the 1351 recipients of the Victoria Cross are available from the above address. (A4 Size - £10.00 + p.p.; A3 Size - £15.00 + p.p.; A3 Size + Replica Medals - price on application)

Aims of the Victoria Cross Commemoration Society

  1. The Victoria Cross Commemoration Society exists to preserve and honour the memory of all recipients of the Victoria Cross, each of whom, at some time, displayed outstanding acts of bravery, gallantry and devotion to duty.
  2. It will do this by:-
    1. the laying of flowers at their grave or memorial on the occasion of:
      1. Date of birth.
      2. Date of death.
      3. Date of the award.
    2. assisting in the maintenance and upkeep of recipient's graves.
    3. by honouring each recipient on Armistice Day by the laying of a Wreath on the War memorial.
      1. In the Town/City of their birth.
      2. In the Town City they last resided.
      3. At their grave or memorial.
  3. Furthermore it aims to gain permission to honour all recipients by the laying of a wreath at the annual Armistice Day Parade in London.
  4. The Society will endeavour to gather a full and complete history of each recipient of the V.C. in order to establish a permanent museum dedicated to their memory, and to the memory of holders of other gallantry decorations and medals.
  5. The Society also intends to establish a travelling exhibition which will tour the UK's major towns and cities, museums and schools.
  6. It is the Society's ambition to create 1351 branches worldwide, one representing each of the current recipients; each with a senior and junior section.
  7. Once the Society is established it is intended to hold its AGMs on the 29th January, being the anniversary of the institution of The Victoria Cross.
  8. A national fund raising programme will be instituted and divided annually between:
    1. The Museum Fund. 30%
    2. The Exhibition Fund. 20%
    3. The Administration/Assistance Fund. 20%
    4. The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Fund. 15%
    5. A National/International Children's Fund. 15%