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How many Victoria Cross winners are alive today?

How many Victoria Cross winners are alive today?

As at 20 November 2012, there are five living recipients of the Victoria Cross, three living recipients of the Victoria Cross for Australia and one living recipient of the Victoria Cross for New Zealand.

Who were the three Canadians that won the Victoria Cross?


Name Date of action Unit
Hampden Cockburn 1900 Royal Canadian Dragoons
Robert Combe 1917* 27th Battalion, CEF
Frederick Coppins 1918 8th Battalion, CEF
Aubrey Cosens 1945* 1st Battalion, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada

Who has received the Victoria Cross?

No civilian has received the award since 1879. Since the first awards were presented by Queen Victoria in 1857, two thirds of all awards have been personally presented by the British monarch.

How many black people have won a VC?

The Victoria Cross (VC), the Armed Forces’ highest award for valour, has been awarded to four Afro-Caribbean service personnel.

Who was the first black recipient of the Victoria Cross?

William Hall
William Hall was the first Black person, the first Nova Scotian and one of the first Canadians to receive the British Empire’s highest award for bravery, the Victoria Cross. The son of former American slaves, Hall was born in 1827 at Horton, Nova Scotia, where he also attended school.

How many Victoria Crosses have been awarded in Canada?

There have been 1,351 Victoria Crosses and three Bars awarded worldwide, 99 to Canadians (Canadian-born, serving in the Canadian Army or having a close link to Canada).

Who owns the most Victoria Crosses?

Billionaire Lord Ashcroft owns the world’s largest collection of Victoria Crosses – yet he doesn’t know if he has what it takes to win one, the Sunday People reports. “I’ve often reflected on it,” he says.