Last Thursday was the date of another very significant event. But my daily searches with Google did not produce a single hit on the subject in the print media anywhere in North America then, or on any day since.
On Thursday the continuing memorials and reminders of the centenary of the start of the Great War were joined by a most significant event at London England's Lancaster House. Here HRH, the Duke of Kent was joined by Baroness Warsi, the Senior Minister of State at the Foreign Office. Also attending were descendants of Victoria Cross recipients, other dignitaries and most notably Two VC recipients.... Britain's Sgt Johnston Beharry (Iraq VC) and Australia's Cpl Mark Donaldson (Afghanistan VC.) There are only 9 of these heroes still alive out of about 1,360 recipients.
Thursday's ceremony was to unveil 11 bronze plaques containing the names of 175 men that came from 11 different countries and fought for the British Empire and earned the VC. Men who were not already being recognized by paving stones to be unveiled in the very communities in Ireland Britain and Scotland and noted in recent blogs in this space.
The British Government has produced a lot of material of this event and you can reference this material by going to url... https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/ww1-victoria-cross-recipients-from-overseas Here can be found a list of the recipients involved. All images in this blog are also courtesy of the British Government and more can be seen at https://www.flickr.com/photos/foreignoffice
It is further most worthy to note that while the four other WW l VC recipients from the US were awarded the medal, each served in a Canadian regiment at the time. Further, George Mullin is buried in Canada at Moosomin Saskatchewan and Raphel Zengel is buried at Rocky Mountain House in Alberta.
Here is the Captain's image...
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