Over the years, Canada's recipients (living and posthumous) have totalled 94, including Canadians who were attached to the forces of other Commonwealth countries and some non-Canadians serving in Canadian units. The decoration is in the form of a bronze cross patée bearing the royal crest and the words "For Valour." The ribbon is dark crimson. The awarding of the medal was dropped in 1972 when the Canadian bravery awards were created; however, in Apr 1987 Brian Mulroney's Conservative government asked the deputy director of the Chancellory of Canadian Orders and Decorations to consider its reinstatement.
As a result, on 2 February 1993 Queen Elizabeth II approved the creation of a Canadian VC. The award has the same criteria as the original British decoration. The Canadian VC resembles the original VC except that the Latin inscription Pro Valore replaces the equivalent English inscription "For Valour." No Canadian VCs have yet been awarded.
See also HONOURS.
Author CARL LOCHNAN
Links to Other Sites
Canadian Military Medals and Decorations
This site is dedicated to the history, meaning, and significance of Canadian Medals and Decorations. From Veterans Affairs Canada.
View a brief video about three Canadian soldiers from Winnipeg who earned the Victoria Cross in the First World War. A Heritage Minute from the Historica-Dominion Institute. See also related lesson plans.
Battle of Passchendaele
This site provides links to a detailed education guide that invites students to discover how the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele became a defining event in Canadian history. Activities focus on the analysis of vital primary sources, multimedia, and other resources. Associated with the the major Canadian feature film "Passchendaele." From the Historica-Dominion Institute.
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Search this online registry of information about the graves and memorials of more than 116,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who gave their lives for their country. From Veterans Affairs Canada.
Search the Legion Magazine website for online feature articles about Canadian military history.
Canada's Victoria Cross
See an illustrated history of the Victoria Cross, the highest decoration for military valour in the Canadian military. From the website for the Department of National Defence.
Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski VC
See profiles of RCAF Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski and other outstanding Canadian Second World War military personnel. Also features images of related artifacts. From the Virtual Museum of Canada website.
This Ottawa memorial honours fourteen valiant men and women who gave outstanding wartime service to Canada.
William Hall (1829-1904)
A detailed biography of William Hall, the son of African American refugees who settled in Nova Scotia after the War of 1812. During the Indian Mutiny, Hall became the first Canadian winner of the naval Victoria Cross. He was the third Canadian to win the Victoria Cross. From Nova Scotia Archives & Records Management. A pdf file.
Gov. Gen, PM unveil Canadian Victoria Cross
A CBC article about the unveiling of the Canadian Victoria Cross.
The Canadian Military and the Victoria Cross
This document profiles previous Canadian recipients of the Victoria Cross and describes the creation of the Canadian Victoria Cross. From the website for the Governor General of Canada. A PDF file.
The Memory Project: Victoria Cross
Listen to an interview with Second World War Canadian veteran Duncan John Ledwidge who served with Major David Currie, a recipient of the Victoria Cross. Also check out related digitized artefacts and memorabilia. From the Historica-Dominion Institute.