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June 27, 2006

Victoria Cross Holders: The Survivors

It’s the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross, Britain’s (and the Empire’s) highest award for military gallantry. The George Cross holders were also there, 22 of the 24 surviving holders attending:

"How do you keep looking so good?" one VC-wearing old soldier asked his Royal Navy buddy among the GCs.

"Guinness," replied the sailor, "that's my secret: lots of Guinness."

"I'm a Viagra man myself," laughed the soldier, his chest heaving so that those "bits of metal" tinkled merrily.

Did you know that there are only 12 surviving holders of the VC? Given that many (is it the majority?) are awarded posthumously, perhaps this shouldn’t be all that surprising. It’s also true that there’s only been one award in the last 20 years, Private Beharry.

The list of survivors.

Hon Havildar Bhanbhagta Gurung, 85, Gurkha, killed a sniper and cleared four enemy foxholes and a machinegun post, then repelled a counterattack, Tamandu, Burma, March 1945.

Hon Havildar Lachhiman Gurung, 88, Gurkha, repelled 200 Japanese soldiers despite losing three fingers trying to throw back enemy grenades, resisted for four hours, Taungdaur, Burma, May 1945.
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Sgt William Speakman-Pitts, 78, led a charge against enemy after his company suffered high casualties, using stones to attack when he ran out of bullets, allowing his comrades to escape, United Hill, Korea, May 1951.

On that list fully a third are Gurkhas. The Ministry of Defense still insists that they should receive lesser pensions than other troops and the Home Office that those who serve should not have the right to live or work in the United Kingdom. God we are ruled by scum.

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Comments

ANY INFORMATION ON JOHN HANNAH WHO FLEW WITH GUY GIBSON AND WAS IN JUNE THIS YEAR AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS IN SCOTLAND ALON WITH A FEW OTHERS POSTHUMOUSLY ??

Posted by: carole.didlock | Aug 29, 2007 4:32:03 PM