The occasion was the 100th anniversary of the very day that HRH Queen Victoria presented the first ever Victoria Crosses on the chests of just over 60 men. Other were entitled but duties in far away lands prevented their travel to England. But by order of the Queen very special ceremonies were held around the world in all places the recipients were then serving. One such ceremony took place in Canada and was written about in this space. And back at London, among those 60 and a few more stood the proud cavalryman Lt Alexander Dunn, born at Toronto, and the only officer taking part in the historic Charge of the Light Brigade that would later be awarded the VC.
But moving forward to 1957, at Hyde Park the 300 and more again gathered and did their finest march past once again for royalty. There were more than 2 dozen Canadian recipients on that parade and thank goodness for photographers, an image of the 24 that could make the photo opt, had appeared in this space a number of times. I bring it to you again today. As you read the names below, you will hopefully recall having read stories of many of these Canadians also in this space in the past.
Here is that keepsake historical picture..with the recipients names also included....
Back on Sunday.