Victoria Cross Medals 1857 – 2007

Victoria Cross Medal Database 1857 – 2007

Victoria CrossIf one of your ancestor was in one of the services then almost certainly they will will have been awarded a medal or two. The highest military decoration is of course the Victoria Cross (VC), it was awarded for valour in the face of the enemy and the recipients were members of the armed forces of Commonwealth countries and previous British Empire territories.

The VC was first introduced in 1856 by the then Monarch Queen Victoria to honour the bravery of those involved in Crimean War (October 1853 – February 1856). The medal has been awarded a total of 1,356. 

What will you find in the database?

The database of Victoria Cross Medal recipients lists the following information –

  • name

  • last known rank and unit

  • location and description of deed

  • birth date

  • death date

  • place of burial (as applicable)

  • description of memorial (as applicable)

Many of the individual files have photographs of the recipients, if no photographs are attached then related images have been sourced and attached to the file.  The dates used is the date of the award not the date of the event for which the award was given.

Example Search

A search for George Nurse showed the following information.

Victoria Cross Medals, Teach Yourself Family History

  • George Edward Nurse, V.C.
  • Second Lieutenant Royal Field Artillery
  • Battle of Colenso
  • Born 14 April 1873 at Enniskillen, co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland
  • Died 25 November 1945 aged 72 at Broadgreen Hospital Liverpool
  • Buried Allerton Cemetery, Liverpool, C of E section, 2-G, Grave 608, Headstone erected 1989
  • Deed of Valour 15 December 1899 (Corporal) with 445 Congreve, 446 Schofield & 449 Roberts, he attempted to remove two R.F.A. guns when their crews became casualties. Having helped the officers hook up one limber, he managed to limber up a second gun on his own whilst under heavy fire.
  • Gazette 2 February 1900


i) headstone

ii) Name on Memorial at Royal Artillery Chapel, Woolwich S.E. London

iii) Medals at Royal Artillery Museum

So it can be seen that if you do find an ancestor in this dataset then a great deal of information can be found.