Victoria Cross by the numbers
A look at the numbers behind the Victoria Cross — the highest medal awarded for bravery on the battlefield.
The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest military decoration in the British honours system and was previously presented to service members from Commonwealth countries. It was created by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert during the 1853–56 Crimean War and was first awarded in 1857. Each medal is made of bronze and bears the words “For Valour.” Unlike previous military awards, the VC was intended to recognize gallantry regardless of military rank or social status; since 1907, VCs have been granted posthumously. Veterans Affairs Canada lists ninety-nine Canadian VC recipients, all for deeds committed before the end of the Second World War. In 1993 Canada created its own military honours system, including the Victoria Cross — inscribed with the Latin “Pro Valore“but not yet awarded.
This Victoria Cross was awarded to Filip Konowal for his “most conspicuous bravery and leadership” in August 1917 at Hill 70 near Lens, France.
The Canadian Victoria Cross was unveiled in 2008.