VC and bar

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LE
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#2
I seem to recall in the IWM Victoria Cross exhibit there was at least one VC with bar on display and a story about a medic in WWII who may have got two bars (the final one posthumously). But I was moderately well oiled at the time so may be in error.
 

CanteenCowboy

LE
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#5
Out of the three VC and bar recipients, if one can dare rank them, then both of the RAMC members for cold calculated courage are mine, however one can't help but admire Charles Upham and his aggressive spirit.

I think it is impossible to separate the three of them, different wars and different incidents however all three displayed the highest standards of personal courage.
 

CanteenCowboy

LE
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#8
The names of the three, are even mentioned in the article, Second Boer War and WW1 Lt Col Leake RAMC, Capt Chavasse WW1 RAMC and Capt Upham WW2 2NZEF.
 
#10
I reckon once you have a VC it's a bit like a sports day in a British primary school... everyones a winner.
 
#13
Unless you are the recipient of a posthumous one. Then from a personal perspective its a bit of a no-score draw.
True, but I was thinking more about the surviviors.

ETA.

I think on the Jeremy Clarkson documentary they mentioned how on looking at VC winners they had distinct similarities. ie they had responsibility thrust at them from a young age (i think that was one of factors).

Just wondering if there was anything looked at for the Bars? Even the fact that it was going to ratshit and the later bar winner already had a VC?
 
#14
Totally irrelevant. I have no doubt that these gallant gentlemen just did what they thought was right and proper. Trying to rank one action against another would have them turning in their graves.
 
#15
Bravest? It can never be known. Remember there are many that commit brave acts that go unrecognised or unknown.

I find it quite strange that only one VC was awarded for the whole of D-Day.
 
#16
#18
I find it quite strange that only one VC was awarded for the whole of D-Day.
You need somebody to see it AND stay alive long enough to write it up... probably a VC winning feat in itself after the ramp went down/green light went on.
 
#19
IIRC, the doctor who served in the Boer war and WW1 was decorated by the Germans for treating their wounded, as is required by law.

He is therefore the only person to hold the VC and the Iron Cross simultaneously and no doubt had a lot of explaining to do when wearing his medals.
 
#20
IIRC, the doctor who served in the Boer war and WW1 was decorated by the Germans for treating their wounded, as is required by law.

He is therefore the only person to hold the VC and the Iron Cross simultaneously and no doubt had a lot of explaining to do when wearing his medals.
William Manley. A bit earlier than the Boer War. According to the Wiki entry below, he also held the highest awards from France and Afghanistan too.
William George Nicholas Manley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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