The first Victoria Cross recipient ever


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Who was the world's first Victoria Cross recipient?

The Victoria Cross was created on January 29, 1856 as a medal to honor valor among members of the British and Commonwealth armed forces as well as civilians under military command and is the highest military award a person can earn in the British Honours system.

Even though the Victoria Cross was created on January 29, 1856, it was backdated to 1854 to recognize acts of valor during the Crimean War.

The first awards ceremony was held on June 26, 1857 but three men could be considered as being the first recipients.

Lieutenant Cecil Buckley was the first person mentioned as a recipient when his name was published in the London Gazette on February 24, 1857 for his heroic deed on May 28, 1855.

Commander Henry Raby was the first person to physically receive the Victoria Cross at the first award ceremony on June 26, 1857 for saving a wounded soldier under fire on June 18, 1855.

Lt. Charles Lucas is generally considered the first Victoria Cross recipient as his heroic action pre-dates those of Buckley and Raby.

His act of valor occurred on June 20, 1854 when a live shell landed on the deck of his ship, while others hit the deck, Lt. Charles Lucas picked up the shell and threw it overboard, the shell exploded before it hit the water, but there were no casualties.

To date a total of 1,335 Victoria Crosses have been awarded, the last being awarded to Johnson Beharry in 2005.


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The first Victoria Cross recipient ever

The first Victoria Cross recipient ever

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