Who was the first Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross?

The first Australian to be awarded a Victoria Cross was Captain Sir Neville Howse, VC, KCMG, CB, KStJ, during the Boer War (1900). He also served in World War I and, later, as an Australian Government minister responsible (separately) for the health, defence and repatriation portfolios.

Who was the last recipient of the Victoria Cross?

Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey
The most recent was awarded to Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey of 1st Battalion The Parachute Regiment, whose VC was gazetted in February 2015, following an action in Afghanistan on 22 August 2013.

Who received the Victoria Cross?

It may be awarded to a person of any military rank in any service and to civilians under military command although no civilian has received the award since 1879. Since the first awards were presented by Queen Victoria in 1857, two-thirds of all awards have been personally presented by the British monarch.

How many Victoria Cross recipients Australia?

The Victoria Cross has been awarded to 100 Australians, including five Australians serving with South African and British units. Australians have been awarded the Victoria Cross in the following conflicts: 6 in the Boer War 1899-1902. 64 in World War I 1914-1918 (9 at Gallipoli)

Why did Mark Donaldson get the Victoria Cross?

‘ Trooper Donaldson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his act of gallantry during an ambush in Afghanistan.

Who has won 2 Victoria Crosses?

Charles Hazlitt Upham
Charles Hazlitt Upham, VC & Bar (21 September 1908 – 22 November 1994) was a New Zealand soldier who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) twice during the Second World War – for gallantry in Crete in May 1941, and in Egypt, in July 1942.

Who was the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross?

Andrew Fitzgibbon VC
Andrew Fitzgibbon VC (13 May 1845 – 7 March 1883) was a British soldier, and possibly the youngest recipient of the Victoria Cross.

How much is a Victoria Cross worth?

Vice-Admiral Gordon Campbell, whose First World War heroics fighting a U-boat earned a Victoria Cross which sold for an auction record £700,000 hammer price (£840,000 with premium) at Morton & Eden in London.

Is Mark Donaldson still in the SAS?

Mark Donaldson VC is married with two children. He continues to serve in the SAS. He has authored a best selling book, “The Cross Road – A story of life, death and the SAS” and he is committed to assisting soldiers to settle back into Australian life after being in harms way on duty overseas.

Where is Mark Donaldson now?

He has since seen service in East Timor, Iraq (Operation Falconer) and Afghanistan (Operation Slipper). During his deployment to Afghanistan, he was slightly wounded on 12 August 2008 when the Bushmaster protected mobility vehicle he was travelling in struck an improvised explosive device.

Does anyone have 3 Victoria Crosses?

The Victoria Cross (VC), Britain’s highest award for gallantry, has been awarded just 1,359 times since it was established by Queen Victoria in 1854. Only three people have received the Victoria Cross twice, and of these, two were surgeons – Arthur Martin-Leake FRCS and Noel Chavasse MRCS.