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How many VC holders are still alive?

How many VC holders are still alive?

12 VC holders
However, a total of 1,355 VCs have been awarded, as three people have had it twice – a distinction known as “VC and Bar”, which means you are about as brave as it is possible to be without winning a war on your own. Just 12 VC holders are still alive, each of whom also receives £1,495 a year.

Who has received the Victoria Cross?

Surgeon General William Manley, an Irishman, remains the sole recipient of both the Victoria Cross and the Iron Cross. The VC was awarded for his actions during the Waikato-Hauhau Maori War, New Zealand on 29 April 1864, while the Iron Cross was awarded for tending the wounded during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870–71.

Which regiment holds the most Victoria Crosses?

The Royal Artillery
The Royal Artillery is the corps that has won the highest number of Victoria Crosses since its institution. This unit has won the Victoria Cross 51 times, the Royal Engineers have won the Victoria Cross 41 times and the Royal Army Medical Corps which won the Victoria Cross 27 times.

Who is the youngest VC winner?

Andrew Fitzgibbon
Who was the youngest VC winner? Did you know? The youngest winner of the VC was 15 years and three months old. Hospital Apprentice Andrew Fitzgibbon, Indian Medical Establishment, won the VC on 21 August 1860 at the storming of the North Taku fort during the Second China War (1857-62).

How much do Victoria Crosses sell for?

A collection of medals from a soldier who won a Victoria Cross (VC) in 1891 has sold at auction for £420,000. Charles Grant, who retired to Devon, received the VC while a lieutenant during the Anglo-Manipur War.

What benefits do VC winners get?

Recipients of the Victoria Cross or the Victoria Cross for Australia may be granted an annual Victoria Cross Allowance. A veteran may also receive a Victoria Cross allowance or annuity that is of a similar kind from a foreign country.

Who was the last person to win a VC?

Corporal Joshua Leakey
During the First World War (1914-18), 626 VCs were awarded and in the Second World War (1939-45) 181. The most recent was awarded to Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey of 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment, whose VC was gazetted in February 2015, following an action in Afghanistan on 22 August 2013.