|BC242A||150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross (Alternative Postmark), unsigned||£30.00||Limited Availability|
|BC242AS||150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross (Alternative Postmark), signed by Rambahdur Limbu VC||£50.00||Buy Now|
|BC242AS1||150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross (Alternative Postmark), signed by Awang Rawang GC||£50.00||Limited Availability|
|BC242AS2||150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross (Alternative Postmark), signed William Apiata VC||£50.00||Limited Availability|
|BC242AS3||150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross (Alternative Postmark), signed by Tul Bahadur Pun VC||£50.00||Limited Availability|
|BC242S4||150th Ann of the Victoria Cross (non Buckingham Postmark), signed by Payne, Awang & Bridge||£70.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 21/09/2006
Issue Name: 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross (Alternative Postmark)
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This stunning cover commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the first presentation of the Victoria Cross, held in London's Hyde Park. There are very few VC winners and many of them are not able to sign covers, so we are proud to have some rare autographs for this historic stamp issue. This cover is available signed by: Rambahdur Limbu VC, Awang anak Rawang GC, William Apiata VC, Tul Bahadur Pun VC, or triple signed by Keith Payne VC, Awang Anak Rawang VC and Lt J Bridge GC GM and Bar.
The Victoria Cross
The Victoria Cros was institutd by a Royal Warrant dated 29th January 1856, but was made retrospective to the autumn of 1854 to cover the period of the Crimean War.
Prince Albert, the Prince Consort was much involved in the decision to institute the Victoria Cross - but the popular idea that the Prince designed the Cross is not supported in any of the surviving documents. It is thought the manufacturers were responsible for the design. However it was Queen Victoria who chose the inscription on the obverse.
Hancocks (jewellers) Ltd, London have made all the Victoria Crosses since the inception of the award. They are made from bronze melted down from the breeches of guns captured from the Russians at Sebastopol in the Crimea. The rough cast Crosses are then individualy hand finished; each is therefore unique. The recipent's name, rank, number and unit are inscribed on the reverse of the suspension bar. The date of the act of bravery is inscribed in the centre of the reverse of the cross. The remaining ingot of bronze, believed to be sufficient for a further 80 crosses, is held by the Ministry of Defence.
The original warrant gave the ribbon colour as red for the Army and blue for the Navy. With the formation of the Royal Air Force on 1st April 1918, the use of the blue ribbon was abolished. Living holders of the 'Naval' VCs were requird to exchange their blue ribbons for red ones. The colour of the ribbon might more accurately be described as 'wine red'.
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Rambahadur Limbu Nepali: रामबहादुर लिम्बूले VC, MVO is a Nepalese Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. Rambahadur Limbu belongs to the Begha Clan of Limbu people of Nepal.
Sergeant Dato' Awang anak Raweng P.S.B.S., GC, also known as “Tua Kampung” an Iban Scout from Sarawak in Borneo, was awarded the George Cross for gallantry as recorded in the London Gazette on 20 November 1951.
Bill Henry "Willie" Apiata, VC is a former corporal in the New Zealand Special Air Service, who became the first recipient of the Victoria Cross for New Zealand.
Tul Bahadur Pun VC was a Nepalese Gurkha recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He later achieved the rank of Honorary Lieutenant.
Keith Payne, VC, AM is an Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the presence of the enemy" awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces. Payne's VC was awarded for his actions during the Vietnam War.
Lieutenant Commander John Bridge GC, GM & bar (5th February 1915 - 14th December 2006) was a British bomb disposal expert of the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve during the Second World War. Awarded the George Cross, he was the first person to be awarded a bar to the George Medal.