Links

On this page are links to relevant websites and acknowledgements to individuals who have created assisted in the creation of this site, which will further your knowledge of the incredible subject which is the Victoria Cross and the George Cross.

Kevin Brazier

Kevin is one of, if not the foremost, authorities on military history. He is a renowned author in his field and I have used his books extensively in my research. He has also offered a large amount of advice and support with this website. He has also provided a large number of resources to the site such as grave photographs and cemetery plans from his own personal collection. This has been invaluable to making this site as comprehensive as it is. Therefore, I have to give great thanks to Kevin and implore anyone who wishes to learn more about the subject of the VC, GC or even the Blue Max, then buy one of Kevin’s superb books. Just click on any of the images of his books below to go to the publisher’s website.

Steve Lee (Memorials to Valour)

Steve Lee is another huge enthusiast of all things Victoria Cross and with a number of other VC enthuasiasts travels far and wide to collect images of memorials to the incredible men who have been awarded the highest award for gallantry. Steve has set up a fabulous website called “Memorials to Valour” which contains fantastic information about the men and images of the memorials that exist to them. Steve has kindly given permission to use some of his images for this website and has also offered alot of support and advice for the work I am doing. Please click on the Memorials to Valour website link below and support Steve’s fabulous site. As of April 2021, the website has completed up to VC 1300.

Iain Stewart

Iain Stewart runs and maintains an excellent website about the Victoria Cross which has proved another fabulous resource to help me in my research. Iain’s site contains information ranging from the location of the VC medals, to the burial location of each of the the recipients both in the UK and the rest of the world. Please click on the link below to see Iain’s site.

VC and GC Association

The VC and GC Association and its current Chairman, Peter Norton GC have kindly agreed to be part of the Victoria Cross Online website. Of course Peter Norton GC features on his own page and provided pictures and a fabulous quote to adorn his page. Peter also helped edit his own page. Peter has also been of great advice and help and has helped promote the website through the VC and GC Association Twitter page. I have no doubt this has helped the number of visitors to the site to increase dramatically. Please click below for a link to the VC and GC Association website which has been created by Sam Shepard GC, which has information on the history of the Association, its members and its mission aims for representing the current 9 living VC recipients and the 17 living GC recipients (as of May 2020). Thanks to Peter Norton GC and the VC/GC Association.

Victoria Cross Society

The Victoria Cross Society seeks to educate, enlighten, stimulate and further interest and knowledge in the history and personalities associated with the Victoria Cross. The aims of the Society include the publication of articles, letters and reviews likely to interest students of the Victoria Cross. The Victoria Cross Society with its editor Brian Best, produces two quality Journals each year which contain articles which can be submitted by members of the Society, and news about the award, auction and whereabouts of VC’s. Brian Best has kindly agreed for his site to be linked to my site. Please click on the link below to find out more about the Society. Sadly, the VC Society has recently closed, though the website is still in operation.

British War Graves Photographs

British War Graves are a online website which contains photographs of British War Graves across the UK, Europe and much further afield. They have been a great help particularly with the images of graves from the Stanley Military Cemetery in Hong Kong with its 5 GC holders. Click below for a link to their site.

Royal Ulster Constabulary George Cross Foundation

The “Patten Report” of 1999 recommended the creation of a Royal Ulster Constabulary GC Foundation which was subsequently established by virtue of the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000 for the purpose of “marking the sacrifice and honouring the achievements of the Royal Ulster Constabulary”.

 On 9 March 2010, the political parties in Northern Ireland agreed that the responsibility for policing and justice functions should devolve to the Northern Ireland Assembly on 12 April 2010. During the period up to the date of devolution, the RUC GC Foundation was accountable to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

 Please click on the logo for more information.

Baxters Battlefield Tours

This website is also indebted to the support of both Stuart Baxter and Paul Prendergast who run an excellent Battlefield Tours company. They organise superb tours of the Western Front and beyond. In 2016, they have 5 tours planned entitled “Pompey Remembers”, “Good Old Somersets”, “Medical Services on the Western Front”, “It’s Not So Quiet on the Western Front” and “Victoria Cross”. The last mentioned tour features the expert knowledge of Kevin Brazier, a great supporter of this site himself. If you are interested in booking a tour with this excellent company, please click the logo below to be taken to their site…..

Terry Hissey

Terry Hissey is an authority on the history of the George Cross and its recipients. He has researched the recipients of the Albert Medal, Edward Medal and Empire Gallantry Medals prior to the creation of the George Cross, and the recipients since 1940. He has completed a wealth of research on the medal and its recipients and has published on the subject. He has written a book called “Come If Ye Dare” about a number of Civil Defence recipients of the George Cross including William Mosedale GC and Frederick Davies GC. Terry has been invaluable as a source of knowledge and advice on compiling each of the profiles of the recipients of the George Cross on my website. Thank You! Click on the image to order the book.

Richard Yielding

Thanks need to go to Richard Yielding, a relatively recent inductee into the Victoria Cross Online fraternity, but a most welcome one! Richard is a leading authority and researcher into the recipients of the Victoria Cross and George Cross who hail from Australia. Richard is a regular contributor to the group page with entries about his vast subject library or posts of his archive material about the men who have received the VC or GC from Australia. Richard has kindly allowed me to use some of his material to improve the website further. Many thanks!

Allan Stanistreet

Allan Stanistreet is a leading authority on the history of the Albert Medal and its recipients. He has written two books on the subject “Heroes of the Albert Medal” and “More Heroes of the Albert Medal”. He has also written a book called “Brave Railwaymen” which features the George Cross recipients whose actions involved the railways. He also has produced “Against All Disaster” a book which features recipients of the VC, GC, Albert Medal and Edward Medal. As a result, I have used Allan’s books extensively as a source for my GC section, and my new project on the AM. Allan has kindly agreed to allow me to use some of his images with credit. Many thanks therefore to Allan.

Thomas Stewart

Thomas Stewart is another acquaintance from the Facebook Victoria Cross Online Group page, who has also kindly provided a huge amount of pictures from his own collection. These include images of medals groups and memorials from all over the UK and further afield to a large amount of the men who have been awarded the VC and GC. Thanks to Thomas is well deserved!

Derek Hollowday / Rachel Carpenter

Derek and Rachel deserve many thanks for their assistance with the entry for Vivian Hollowday GC. Derek has compiled a vast archive of photographs and documents relating to Vivian, and has kindly donated them to me and I have only been able to use a fraction of the archive. Part of the archive includes documents and photographs of Noel Francis Lloyd Davies, RAF, the young pilot who tragically died despite the heroic efforts of Vivian Hollowday to rescue him. The photographs and documents used on Hollowday’s page pertaining to Noel Davies are used with the kind permission of Rachel Carpenter, who owns the archive of her grandfather. Thanks to Derek and Rachel.

Steve Hoar

Steve Hoar is another acquaintance from the various Victoria Cross Facebook groups who has kindly supplied me with images from his own collection of photographs of the graves of Victoria Cross recipients. All of Steve’s contributions are greatly appreciated.

Brian Drummond

Another notable contributor to the Victoria Cross Online website is Brian. Brian is an ex-serviceman who has a great interest in the history of the Victoria Cross. He is a regular contributor to the group, and has provided a number of images for the site. He has very recently provided images of the VC stone unveiling for Thomas Maufe VC in Ilkley, Yorkshire. Thanks is very due to Brian!

Paul Street

Paul Street is new contact provided to me by Allan Stanistreet. Paul is based in Australia and has spent a number of years researching and collecting information on the Australian recipients of the Albert Medal and Edward Medal. Paul has very kindly sent me a large number of articles, documents and photos of recipients which have been used to update their pages on VCO. Many thanks to Paul for his help and support.

Carol Pollard

Carol is another member of the VCO FB group who is a regular contributor with photographs which she has taken and has recently been very supportive in helping with my recent projects on the Albert and Edward Medals particularly in terms of tracking down final resting places of the recipients. Many thanks to Carol for this.

Johnson Gideon Beharry VC

Victoria Cross Online has been very honoured to receive the help of three recipients of the Victoria Cross. Johnson Beharry VC has been extremely helpful with images for his page, and has provided a quote. He has also checked out the text for his page and this is very welcome.

Bill Speakman VC

Victoria Cross Online was very honoured to have been supported by Bill Speakman VC. Sadly Bill passed away in June 2018 and will be greatly missed. He was always kept informed of developments on the site through Alastair Kennedy-Rose on his visits to the Royal Chelsea Hospital.

Keith Payne VC, AM

Victoria Cross Online has been very honoured to receive the help of three recipients of the Victoria Cross. I had the pleasure of meeting Keith, his wife Florence, and daughter Michelle in London in May 2016 at the Union Jack Club. Keith and Michelle have kindly provided a number of images for his page, and Keith was able to provide some quotes.