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Spink to Exhibit 50 Victoria Crosses

Posted on Fri, 1 February 2008 by Phil Mussell - General News, Medal News

Spink, in association with the Ashcroft V.C. Trust has just announced that they will be hosting an exhibition of fifty Victoria Crosses from the most important collection of these Awards ever formed.

Britain’s largest display of the world’s highest and most prestigious Decoration for Gallantry for over half a century will be open to the General Public in Spink’s Main Gallery, 16th-25th April 2008.

The Exhibition features Crosses, together with how they were won, from the Crimean War to the Second World War, encompassing 15 different armed conflicts.

This ‘Hall of Fame’ includes V.C.’s awarded to Lieutenant John Rouse Merriott Chard, R.E., immortalised for his Gallantry and Leadership whilst Commanding the Mission Station at Rorke’s Drift, against 4,500 Zulus, 1879 South Africa;

Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson, R.F.C., the first pilot to shoot down a German Zeppelin over mainland Britain in the Great War 1914-19;

Crosses for The Defence of Mafeking,The Boxer Rebellion, The Lancashire Landings at Gallipoli and the Western Desert in 1941 will be on display alongside the incredible Cross to Sergeant Norman Cyril Jackson, R.A.F., who diced with death at 22,000 feet above Germany attempting to extinguish a fire on the wing of a Lancaster Bomber.

Lord Ashcroft stated, “I am delighted to be co-operating with Spink, the world’s oldest medal dealers, by loaning them a selection of Victoria Crosses for their forthcoming exhibition in April. It is anticipated that the entire collection will be available for permanent public display in 2010 but, in the meantime, I hope that this Spink exhibition will provide a worthy foretaste of my aim to celebrate and commemorate ‘the bravest of the brave’ from our history.”