Victoria Cross

Victoria Cross

The Victoria Cross is awarded for the most conspicuous bravery, a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty, in the presence of the enemy. The Victoria ross was created by Queen Victoria in 1856, and was awarded to Canadians in all wars until 1945.

Post-nominal: V.C.

Recognizes: the most conspicuous bravery, a daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty, in the presence of the enemy

Description: the Cross is a bronze straight-armed cross pattée, 38 mm across, with raised edges:

* on the obverse is a lion guardant standing upon the Royal Crown, and below the Crown, a scroll bearing the inscription PRO VALORE, and
* on the reverse, the date of the act for which the decoration is bestowed is engraved in a raised circle.

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