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150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross

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150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross, unsigned £30.00 Limited Availability
150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross, signed by Keith Payne VC £50.00 Buy Now
150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross, signed by Edward Kenna VC £50.00 Buy Now
150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross, signed by Tul Bahadur Pun VC £50.00 Buy Now
150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross, signed by Tasker Watkins VC £50.00 Limited Availability
150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross, signed by Mark Donaldson VC & Edward Kenna VC £65.00 Buy Now
150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross, signed by Fraser VC, Wilson VC, Payne VC & Keighran VC £70.00 Limited Availability
150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross, signed by George Stuart White VC (signature inserted) £300.00 Limited Availability
150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross, signed by Donaldson VC, Payne VC & Roberts-Smith VC £60.00 Sold Out

Product Information

 

  • 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross
  • Featuring the 6 Victoria Cross stamps
  • And a Victoria Cross Hyde Park postmark (21st September, 2006)
  • Available signed by Victoria Cross winners


Issue Date: 21/09/2006

Issue Name: 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross

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: Keith Payne VC, Edward Kenna VC, Tasker Watkins VC, Tul Bahadur Pun VC, Sir George Stuart White VC, Mark Donaldson VC, Cpl Benjamin Roberts-Smith VC, Ian Fraser VC, Eric Wilson VC and Daniel Keighran VC.

 

  • 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross
  • Featuring the 6 Victoria Cross stamps
  • And a Victoria Cross Hyde Park postmark (21st September, 2006)
  • Available signed by the following:
    • Keith Payne VC
    • Edward Kenna VC
    • Sir Tasker Watkins VC
    • Tul Bahadur Pun VC
    • Sir George Stuart White Vc
    • Edward Kenna VC & Mark Donaldson VC
    • Keith Payne VC, Donaldson VC & Roberts-Smith VC
    • Keighran VC, Wilson VC, Payne VC & Fraser VC

 

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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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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.

 

Edward "Ted" Kenna, VC was the last living Australian Second World War recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for gallantry "in the face of the enemy" that can be awarded to members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces.

 

Mark Gregor Strang Donaldson, VC is an Australian soldier and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honours system.

 

Major Sir Tasker Watkins VC GBE DL was a Lord Justice of Appeal and deputy Lord Chief Justice. He was President of the Welsh Rugby Union from 1993 to 2004. In World War II, he was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest British award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.

 

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.

 

Field Marshal Sir George Stuart White, VC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCMG, GCIE, GCVO was an officer of the British Army. He was stationed at Peshawar during the Indian Mutiny and then fought at the Battle of Charasiab in October 1879 and at the Battle of Kandahar in September 1880 during the Second Anglo-Afghan War.

 

Benjamin "Ben" Roberts-Smith, VC, MG is an Australian businessman, former Australian Army soldier, and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honours system.

 

Ian Edward Fraser VC, DSC, RD, JP was an English diving pioneer and 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. Fraser was born in Ealing in Middlesex and went to school in High Wycombe.

 

Lieutenant Colonel Eric Charles Twelves Wilson VC was an English British Army officer and colonial administrator. He received 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.

 

Daniel Alan Keighran, VC is an Australian soldier and a recipient of the Victoria Cross for Australia, the highest award in the Australian honours system. Keighran was awarded the Victoria Cross for Australia for his actions in the Battle of Derapet on 24 August 2010, during the War in Afghanistan.

 

 

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