How to look for records of... Victoria Cross registers 1856-1944
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These records in series WO 98 are the registers of the Victoria Cross between 1856 and 1944.
The Victoria Cross (VC) is the highest award available to the armed forces for gallantry in action with the enemy. It was originally made from the bronze cannon captured during the Crimean War (1854-1856). At first it was awarded only to British Army and Royal Navy personnel, but it was subsequently given to members of the other armed forces.
What information do the records contain?
The Victoria Cross registers may contain information about:
- when the award was made
- by whom and to whom the award was made
- if it was a posthumous award
The registers are heavily annotated. They were used when organising the 100th anniversary celebrations of the creation of the Victoria Cross, when many more recipients were still alive.
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Alternatively you can download free of charge a list of the recipients of the Victoria Cross from 1856 up to 1946 (CAB 106/320). This list was produced in 1953 and includes two awards made during the Korean War (1950-1953) and so provides a more complete picture.
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The examples below illustrate what an entry on the Victoria Cross registers look like. The rank, name and corps of the inidividual are listed, as are the actions for which they are recommended. Hand-written notes can also be seen, providing further details on the individuals awarded the Victoria Cross.
Sidney Godley was the first private to be awarded the Victoria Cross during the First World War. Lieutenant G Bromhead was the basis for Michael Caine’s character in the film Zulu.
Record showing Private Sidney Godley (PDF, 0.82MB)
Record showing Lieutenant G Bromhead (PDF, 0.30MB)
Why can’t I find what I’m looking for?
Of the more than 1,350 awards made, including three bars, only 1,236 people have been recorded in the registers.
Information not contained in the registers
The following table lists those recipients of the Victoria Cross whose names do not appear in the registers. These volumes include all awards gazetted to 1 September 1944.
|Agansing Rai||Naik||2 Battalion 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army||26 June 1944||Bishnpur, Burma|
|Ali Haidar||Sepoy||13th Frontier Force Rifles, Indian Army||9 April 1945||Fusignano, Italy|
|Allmand, Michael||Acting Captain||Indian Armoured Corps attached 6th Gurkha Rifles||11 June 1944||Pin Hmi Road Bridge, Burma|
|Archibald, Adam||Sapper||218 Field Company Royal Engineers||4 November 1918||Near Ors, France|
|Auten, Harold||Lieutenant||Royal Naval Reserve||30 July 1918||English Channel|
|Badcoe, Peter John||Major||Australian Army Training Team, Australian Forces||23 February 1967||Huong Tra, Vietnam|
|Baskeyfield, John Daniel||Lance Sergeant||South Staffordshire Regiment, 1st Airborne Division||20 September 1944||Arnhem, Holland|
|Bates, Sidney||Corporal||Royal Norfolk Regiment||6 August 1944||Sourdeval, France|
|Bazalgette, Ian Willoughby||Acting Squadron Leader||635 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve||4 August 1944||Trossy St Maximin, France|
|Beharry, Johnson Gideon||Private||1 Battalion Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment||1 May – 11 June 2004||Al-Amarah, Iraq|
|Bhanbhagta Gurung||Rifleman||3 Battalion 2nd Gurkha Rifles, British Indian Army||5 March 1945||Tamandu, Burma|
|Bhandari Ram||Sepoy||10th Baluch Regiment, Indian Army||22 November 1944||East Mayu, Arakan, Burma|
|Blake, Frank Gerald||Temporary Major||Highland Light Infantry attached 3 Battalion 9th Gurkha Rifles||9 July 1944||Taunghi, Burma|
|Boyle, Edward Courtney||Lieutenant Commander||Royal Navy||27 April 1915||Sea of Marmara, Dardanelles,Turkey|
|Brunt, John Henry Cound||Temporary Captain||Sherwood Foresters attached 6 Battalion Lincolnshire Regiment||9 December 1944||Faenza, Italy|
|Buckingham, William||Private||2 Battalion Leicestershire Regiment||10-12 March 1915||Neuve Chapelle, France|
|Burton, Richard Henry||Private||1 Battalion Duke of Wellington’s West Riding Regiment||8 October 1944||Monte Ceco, Italy|
|Cain, Robert Henry||Temporary Major||Royal Northumberland Fusiliers attached South Staffordshire Regiment||19-25 September 1944||Arnhem, Netherlands|
|Cairns, George Albert||Lieutenant||Somerset Light Infantry attached South Staffordshire Regiment||13 March 1944||Henu Block, Burma|
|Carne, James Power||Lieutenant Colonel||1 Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment||22-23 April 1951||Imjin River, Korea|
|Chapman, Edward Thomas||Corporal||3 Battalion Monmouthshire Regiment||2 April 1945||Dortmund-Ems Canal, Germany|
|Charlton, Edward Colquhoun||Guardsman||2 Battalion Irish Guards||21 April 1945||Wistedt, Germany|
|Cheshire, Leonard Geoffrey||Wing Commander||Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve||July 1944|
|Chowne, Albert||Lieutenant||2/2 Battalion New South Wales Australian Military Forces||25 March 1945||Dagua, New Guinea|
|Cosens, Aubrey||Sergeant||Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, Canadian Army||25-26 February 1945||Mooshof, Holland|
|Crowe, Joseph Petrus Hendrik||Lieutenant||78th Regiment||12 August 1857||Busherutgunge|
|Currie, David Vivian||Major||South Alberta Regiment, Canadian Army||18-20 August 1944||Battle of Falaise, Normandy|
|Curtis, Philip Kenneth Edward||Lieutenant||Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry attached 1 Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment||22-23 April 1951||Imjin River, Korea|
|Din, Fazal||Acting Naik||10th Baluch Regiment||2 March 1945||Meiktila, Burma|
|Donnini, Dennis||Fusilier||4/5 Battalion Royal Scots Fusiliers||18 January 1945||Between Roer and Maas Rivers, Holland|
|Durrant, Thomas Frank||Sergeant||Corps of Royal Engineers attached No.1 Commando||27 March 1942||St Nazaire, France|
|Eardley, George Harold||Acting Sergeant||4 Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry||16 October 1944||Overloon, Netherlands|
|Foote, John Weir||Captain||Royal Hamilton Light Infantry||19 August 1942||Dieppe, France|
|Fraser, Ian Edward||Lieutenant||Royal Navy||31 July 1945||Straits of Johor, Singapore|
|Frisby, Cyril Hubert||Acting Captain||1 Battalion Coldstream Guards||27 September 1918||Canal du Nord, Graincourt, France|
|Furness, Christopher||Lieutenant||1 Battalion Welsh Guards||17-24 May 1940||Near Arras, France|
|Ganju Lama||Rifleman||1 Battalion 7th Gurkha Rifles||12 June 1944||Ningthoukhong, Burma|
|Ghadge, Yeshwant||Naik||5th Maratha Light Infantry||10 July 1944||Upper Tiber Valley, Italy|
|Gian Singh||Naik||15th Punjab Regiment||2 March 1945||Kamye, Burma|
|Gort, John Standish Surtees Prendergast Vereker||Acting Lieutenant Colonel||1 Battalion Grenadier Guards||27 September 1918||Canal du Nord, Flesquieres,France|
|Grant, John Gilroy||Sergeant||1 Battalion Wellington Regiment New Zealand Expeditionary Force||1 September 1918||Near Bancourt, France|
|Gray, Robert Hampton||Temporary Lieutenant||Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve||August 1945||Onagawa Wan, Honshu, Japan|
|Grayburn, John Hollington||Lieutenant||Parachute Regiment||17-20 September 1944||Arnhem, Holland|
|Gurung, Thaman||Rifleman||1 Battalion 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles||10 November 1944||Monte San Bartolo, Italy|
|Hancock, Thomas||Private||9th Lancers||19 June 1857 Delhi|
|Harden, Henry Eric||Lance Corporal||Royal Army Medical Corps attached 45 Royal Marine Commando||23 January 1945||Brachterbeek, Holland|
|Harper, John William||Corporal||4 Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment||29 September 1944||Antwerp, Belgium|
|Havelock, Henry Marsham||Lieutenant||10th Regiment||16 July 1857||Cawnpore|
|Hedges, Frederick William||Temporary Lieutenant||Bedfordshire Regiment attached 6 Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment||24 October 1918||North East of Bousies, France|
|Hunter, Thomas Peck||Temporary Corporal||43 Commando, Royal Marines||2 April 1945||Lake Comacchio, Italy|
|Insall, Gilbert Stuart Martin||Second Lieutenant||Royal Flying Corps||7 November 1915||Near Achiet, France|
|Jackson, Norman Cyril||Sergeant||Royal Air Force||26-27 April 1944||Schweinfurt, Germany|
|Jackson, Thomas Norman||Lance Corporal||1 Battalion Coldstream Guards||27 September 1918||Canal du Nord, Graincourt, France|
|Jamieson, David Auldjo||Captain||Royal Norfolk Regiment||7-8 August 1944||Grimbosq, Normandy|
|Jones, Herbert||Lieutenant Colonel||2 Battalion Parachute Regiment||28 May 1982||Darwin, Falkland Islands|
|Joynt, William Donovan||Lieutenant||8 Battalion Australian Imperial Force||23 August 1918||Herleville Wood, Chuignes, Somme, France|
|Judge, Karamjeet Singh||Lieutenant||4 Battalion 15th Punjab Regiment||18 March 1945||Meiktila, Burma|
|Kenna, Edward||Private||2 Battalion New South Wales Australian Military Forces||15 May 1945||Wewak, New Guinea|
|Knowland, George Arthur||Lieutenant||Royal Norfolk Regiment attached 1 Commando||31 January 1945||Kangaw, Burma|
|Lachhiman, Gurung||Rifleman||8th Gurkha Rifles||12-13 May 1945||Taungdaw, Burma|
|Lassen, Anders Frederik Emil Victor Schau||Temporary Major||General List attached Special Boat Service No.1 SAS Regiment||8 April 1945||Lake Comacchio, Italy|
|Leakey, Nigel Gray||Sergeant||1/6 Battalion King’s African Rifles||19 May 1941||Colito, Abyssinia|
|Liddell, Ian Oswald||Temporary Captain||5 Battalion Coldstream Guards||3 April 1945||Lingen, Germany|
|Limbu, Rambahadur||Lance Corporal||2 Battalion 10th Princess Mary’s Own Gurkha Rifles||21 November 1965||Sarawak, Borneo|
|Lord, David Samuel Anthony||Flight Lieutenant||271 Squadron, Royal Air Force||19 September 1944||Arnhem, Holland|
|MacKey, John Bernard||Corporal||2/3rd Pioneer Battalion, Australian Military Forces||12 May 1945||Tarakan Island, North Borneo|
|Magennis, James Joseph||Acting Leading Seaman||Royal Navy||31 July 1945||Straits of Johor, Singapore|
|McKay, Ian John||Platoon Sergeant||4 Platoon B Company, 3 Battalion Parachute Regiment||12 June 1982||Mount Longdon, Falkland Islands|
|Muir, Kenneth||Major||1 Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders||23 September 1950||Songju, Korea|
|Mynarski, Andrew Charles||Warrant Officer 11||419 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force||12 June 1944||Over Cambrai, France|
|Namdeo Jadav||Sepoy||5th Maratha Light Infantry, Indian Army||9 April 1945||Senio River, Italy|
|Nasmith, Martin Eric||Lieutenant Commander||Royal Navy||20 May – 8 June 1915||Sea of Marmara, Dardanelles, Turkey|
|Negi, Gobar Singh||Rifleman||2/39th Garhwal Rifles, Indian Army||10 March 1915||Neuve Chapelle, France|
|Newman, Augustus Charles||Lieutenant Colonel||Essex Regiment||27 March 1942||St Nazaire, France|
|Norton, Gerard Ross||Lieutenant||Kaffrarian Rifles, South African Forces attached 1 Battalion Hampshire Regiment||31 August 1944||Montegridolfo, Italy|
|Osborn, John Robert||Company Sergeant Major||1 Battalion Winnipeg Grenadiers, Canadian Army||19 December 1941||Hong Kong|
|Palmer, Robert Anthony Maurice||Squadron Leader||109 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve||23 December 1944||Over Cologne, Germany|
|Partridge, Frank John||Private||8 Battalion Victoria Australian Military Forces||24 July 1945||Bougainville, Solomon Islands|
|Payne, Keith||Warrant Officer||11 Australian Army Training Team, Australian Forces||24 May 1969||Ben Het, Kontum Province, Vietnam|
|Purcell, John||Private||9th Lancers||19 June 1857||Delhi|
|Queripel, Lionel Ernest||Captain||Royal Sussex Regiment attached 10th Parachute Battalion||19 September 1944||Arnhem, Holland|
|Randle, John Neil||Temporary Captain||2 Battalion Royal Norfolk Regiment||4 May 1944||Battle of Kohima, North East India|
|Rattey, Reginald||Roy Corporal||25 Battalion Australian Military Forces||22 March 1945||Bougainville, Solomon Islands|
|Raymond, Claude||Lieutenant||Corps of Royal Engineers||21 March 1945||Talaku, Burma|
|Ritchie, Henry Peel||Commander||Royal Navy||28 November 1914||Dar-es-Salaam, Tanganyika|
|Rivers, Jacob||Private||1 Battalion Sherwood Foresters||12 March 1915||Neuve Chapelle, France|
|Roope, Gerard Broadmead||Lieutenant Commander||Royal Navy||8 April 1940||West Ford, Norway|
|Salmon, Nowell||Lieutenant||Royal Navy||16 November 1857||Lucknow|
|Scarf, Arthur Stewart King||Squadron Leader||62 Squadron, Royal Air Force||9 December 1941||Malaya|
|Shah, Sher||Lance Naik||16th Punjab Regiment||19-20 January 1945||Kyeyebyin, Burma|
|Simpson, Rayene Stewart||Warrant Officer 11||Australian Army Training Team, Australian Forces||6 May 1969||Kontum Provence, Vietnam|
|Singh, Badlu||Ressaidar||14th Lancers attached 29th Lancers, Deccan Horse, Indian Army||23 September 1918||River Jordan, Palestine|
|Singh, Prakash or Parkash||Jemadar||13th Frontier Force Rifles||16-17 February 1945||Kanlan Ywathit, Burma|
|Singh, Ram Sarup||Acting Subidar||2 Battalion 1st Punjab Regiment||25 October 1944||Kennedy Peak, Tiddim, Burma|
|Smith, Ernest Alvia||Private||Seaforth Highlanders||21-22 October 1944||River Savio, North Italy|
|Speakman, William||Private||Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) attached 1 Battalion King’s Own Scottish Borderers||1951||United Hill, Korea|
|Starcevich, Leslie Thomas||Private||2 Battalion South Australia Australian Army||25 May 1945||Beaufort, North Borneo|
|Stokes, James||Private||2 Battalion King’s Shropshire Light Infantry||1 March 1945||Kervenheim, Rhineland|
|Sukanaivalu, Sefanaia||Corporal||Fijian Infantry Regiment||23 June 1944||Bougainville, Solomon Islands|
|Swales, Edwin||Captain||RAF Pathfinder Force, 582 Squadron||23 February 1945||Pforzheim, Germany|
|Thapa, Netrabahadur||Acting Subidar||2 Battalion 5th Royal Gurkha Rifles||25-26 June 1944||Bishenpur, Burma|
|Thapa, Sher Bahadur||Rifleman||9th Gurkha Rifles||18-19 September 1944||San Marino, Italy|
|Thompson, George||Flight Sergeant||9 Squadron Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve||1 January 1945||Over Dortmund-Ems Canal, Germany|
|Tilston, Frederick Albert||Acting Major||Essex Scottish Regiment, Canadian Army||1 March 1945||Hochwald Forest, Germany|
|Topham, Frederick George||Corporal||1 Canadian Parachute Battalion, Canadian Army||24 March 1945||Rhine, Germany|
|Trent, Leonard Henry||Squadron Leader||Royal New Zealand Air Force||3 May 1943||Amsterdam, Netherlands|
|Tulbahadur Pun||Rifleman||3 Battalion 6th Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army||23 June 1944||Mogaung, Burma|
|Umrao Singh||Havildar||33 Mountain Battery, Royal Indian Artillery||15 December 1944||Kaladan Valley, Burma|
|Upham, Charles Hazlitt (bar)||Second Lieutenant||New Zealand Military Forces||14-15 July 1942||Ruweisat Ridge, Egypt|
|Warneford, Reginald Alexander John||Flight Sub-Lieutenant||Royal Navy 1 Squadron Royal Naval Air Service||7 June 1915||Over Ghent, Belgium|
|Watkins, Tasker||Lieutenant||1/5 Battalion Welsh Regiment||16 August 1944||Barfour, Normandy|
|Weston, William Basil||Lieutenant||Green Howards||3 March 1945||Meiktila, Burma|
|Wheatley, Kevin Arthur||Warrant Officer||11 Australian Army Training Team, Australian Forces||13 November 1965||Tra Bong, Vietnam|
|Wilcox, Alfred Lance||Corporal||2/4 Battalion Oxford and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry||12 September 1918||North East of Laventie, France|
|Wilkinson, Thomas||Temporary Lieutenant||Royal Naval Reserve||14 February 1942||Java Sea, off Malaya|
|Wood, Wilfred||Private||10 Battalion Northumberland Fusiliers||28 October 1918||Casa Vana, Italy|
|Wright, Peter Harold||Company Sergeant Major||3 Battalion Coldstream Guards||25 September 1943||Salerno, Italy|
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