Reading the thread on the imminent sale of the first, or one of the first VCs' to be awarded got me thinking. Was the VC more readily awarded in the past than today? There have been several examples of exceptional heroism from both Iraq and Afghanistan that one would have thought deserved the awarding of the VC but only received a lesser award. However, when Queen Vic handed out the original lot there were something like 62 recipients. Similarly at Rorkes Drift 11 were awarded and it would possibly have been more except posthumous awarding of the medal was not introduced until 1907 when ironically it was awarded to Lts Melville and Coghill for attempting to save the colours at Isandhlwana. Linky for source. Which brings up another point. Was the award of the medal for more than bravery in the past? Similarly, has the medal ever been awarded for political purposes? I am currently reading "Operation Corporate" by Martin Middlebrook and the circumstances surrounding the award of the medal to Lt Col "H" Jones and Sgt Ian McKay would appear to suggest that there was an element of the political in the case of the former. Linky for information. According to here 1,356 have been awarded but only 13 since WW2 (actually I think that should be 1,358 and 15 - the link needs updating) which makes the point clearer. I am not disparaging the actions of anyone who has been awarded the VC, merely observing that it appears to be less frequently awarded now than in the past and asking others who are better informed than me to comment.