In these I have told of the acceptance over the years buy most that the Scarf itself is not a medal awarded for valor nor does it equate to or can it be said to be equal to the Victoria Cross. The blogs have also introduced an idea, not novel, that this status quo may not be correct.
If you have not had a look at the first two blogs on this subject, today's will be a blur, and so I suggest you do a refresher by reading them before reading today's.
For the rest here we go again.
The above LG entry flies in the face of numerous claims that the recipients were not "gazetted." You just read a gazetting.
Note also that while the VC requirements call for a gazetting, in the provisions of HRH Queen Victoria's orders to Lord Roberts, there was no such gazetting requirement for the Scarf recipients. So their existence or not seems mute.
In researching this topic I found this wonderful story about Thompson that I should share with you...
Thompson, on more than one occasion crawled out under heavy fire to rescue badly wounded comrades. On one such occasion, at the risk of his own death, Pte. Thompson crawled under under heavy fire to find a mate alive but suffering from a very serious wound to his throat.
The RCR hero spent almost eight hours under fire, and with his own helmet being shot off at one point, but nevertheless, maintained his own thumb on the critical wound till both could be retrieved. Bravery and specific actions superior to other brave lads who were awarded the Victoria Cross. Is it any wonder why he was voted the bravest of the bravest in his unit?
Six of the other seven have similar stories. (I've yet to find the citation for the 8th.) One even including the fact that the ENEMY, for the most part actually stopped shooting at the soldier as he tried to rescue another wounded mate, because he was too brave to kill, according to some reports.
Regular readers will hopefully recall the Higgins Medal of Honor story were the Confederates stopped shooting at this Canadian because he too, was too brave to kill. In fact it was the enemy who actually recommended him for the MOH.
It should be noted that in this and the last two blogs, I have presented to you the scarves of seven of the 8 recipients and images of 7 of the 8 heroes. I am unaware of anywhere else on the net that you might find all in one place other than at this site.
The blog is once again getting long winded. So I shall end but please return next Sunday for the final comments and some very detailed presentation of why I believe that the Status Quo may not be right regarding these matters.