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Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Robert Mitchell

The Vic­to­ria Cross is the high­est mil­i­tary dec­o­ra­tion awarded to Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth Armed Forces for val­our in the face of the en­emy.

It was first be­stowed in 1856 by Queen Vic­to­ria to re­ward brav­ery dur­ing the Crimean War, from 1854 to 1855. Since then, 1358 awards have been made.

The VC takes prece­dence over all other or­ders, dec­o­ra­tions and medals. It may be awarded to a per­son of any rank in any ser­vice and also to civil­ians un­der mil­i­tary com­mand.

It is usu­ally pre­sented to the re­cip­i­ent, or their next of kin, by the Bri­tish monarch at Buck­ing­ham Palace.

Ev­ery medal has been made by Lon­don jewellers Messrs Han­cocks from the bronze of Chi­nese can­nons cap­tured from Rus­sian troops at the siege of Sev­astopol.

A 358oz piece of the me­tal is kept at the Army’s Cen­tral Ord­nance De­pot at Don­ning­ton and it is be­lieved there is enough ma­te­rial left for around 85 more medals.

It has been es­ti­mated that the chance of sur­viv­ing an ac­tion wor­thy of a Vic­to­ria Cross is 10 per cent.

Memo­rial Cor­po­ral Wil­liam Clamp was hon­oured at the Ceno­taph

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