The Victoria Cross Trust

The Victoria Cross Trust

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Fantastic support to the Trust from Laura and Graham. Their products are outstanding. Please support them.
Stanley Hollis became the only recipient of the Victoria Cross on D-Day.

Delighted to announce that we have extended our lease with Lakeside Village Shopping White Rose Way Doncaster, maintaining our retail, event and education premises at the centre for a further 12 months. This is gr8 news for the charity as we have a permanent premises to engage with the public, veterans and volunteers to achieve our aims. Fantastic efforts this year by the team and the pinnacle of our success in 2021.
We are looking to add to our team of volunteers to work in a variety of roles supporting the VCT in our Doncaster base. This includes grave cleaning - retail - education - event planning and fund raising.

If you are interested or know anyone who might be able to give time to achieve our goals drop us a line at [email protected]

Restoring the graves of the brave
Just received - recognition for the team.
The VCT was pleased to welcome one of our strategic partners at our shop in Lakeside, Doncaster. Michael Lowrey from the Defence Medical Welfare Service was very interested to hear about the amazing work we do.
John McCrea VC was Awarded the Victoria Cross.

Clement Smith VC was Awarded the Victoria Cross.

We are pleased to report on our significant success in the Positive Pathways - Maintaining the Memories Project supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund See more by visiting our website via the link below:

https://victoriacrosstrust.org/positive-pathways-armed-force-covenant-the-vct/

This website and our organisation is dedicated to the upkeep of the graves and the memory of Victori

A charitable organisation dedicated to the upkeep of the graves and the memory of Victoria Cross Recipients, many of whom gave their lives in military conflict across the world. Providing veterans with opportunities to support us in our work to care for graves and educate the public in the stories behind the VC. We now have premises at Lakeside Doncaster where we have displays, retail and an airsoft range to keep our enthusiasts engaged.

Operating as usual

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 11/11/2022

Lest we forget.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 09/11/2022

The newly placed memorial plaques at Lakeside Doncaster.

New Educational Offering - The Victoria Cross Trust 26/09/2022

New Educational Offering - The Victoria Cross Trust

Coming very soon an enhancement to our educational offerings.

New Educational Offering - The Victoria Cross Trust The Victoria Cross Trust is pleased to announce that our educational offering to those visiting our Lakeside Shopping Village premises is to be extended further. In addition to our charitable aim of cleaning the graves and memorials of Victoria Cross recipients we also seek to educate the public in....

Photos from P.B. Model Maker's post 25/07/2022

Photos from P.B. Model Maker's post

19/06/2022

Jewellery boxes ready to be packed for armed forces weekend

Photos from Prouds Products's post 18/06/2022

Fantastic support to the Trust from Laura and Graham. Their products are outstanding. Please support them.

06/06/2022

Stanley Hollis became the only recipient of the Victoria Cross on D-Day.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 13/03/2022

Delighted to announce that we have extended our lease with Lakeside Village Shopping White Rose Way Doncaster, maintaining our retail, event and education premises at the centre for a further 12 months. This is gr8 news for the charity as we have a permanent premises to engage with the public, veterans and volunteers to achieve our aims. Fantastic efforts this year by the team and the pinnacle of our success in 2021.

02/02/2022

We are looking to add to our team of volunteers to work in a variety of roles supporting the VCT in our Doncaster base. This includes grave cleaning - retail - education - event planning and fund raising.

If you are interested or know anyone who might be able to give time to achieve our goals drop us a line at [email protected]

Restoring the graves of the brave

28/01/2022

Just received - recognition for the team.

28/01/2022

The VCT was pleased to welcome one of our strategic partners at our shop in Lakeside, Doncaster. Michael Lowrey from the Defence Medical Welfare Service was very interested to hear about the amazing work we do.

14/01/2022

John McCrea VC was Awarded the Victoria Cross.

10/01/2022

Clement Smith VC was Awarded the Victoria Cross.

Positive Pathways - Armed Force Covenant & The VCT - The Victoria Cross Trust 24/10/2021

Positive Pathways - Armed Force Covenant & The VCT - The Victoria Cross Trust

We are pleased to report on our significant success in the Positive Pathways - Maintaining the Memories Project supported by the Armed Forces Covenant Fund See more by visiting our website via the link below:

https://victoriacrosstrust.org/positive-pathways-armed-force-covenant-the-vct/

Positive Pathways - Armed Force Covenant & The VCT - The Victoria Cross Trust The Victoria Cross Trust is a proud partner in the Positive Pathways Programme funded through the Armed Forces Covenant. By supporting veterans and developing a sense of well being and satisfaction in delivering our charitable aims, the VCT has reported to the AFCF the successful achievement of its....

Photos from Lakeside Village's post 21/10/2021

Photos from Lakeside Village's post

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 25/09/2021

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 25/09/2021

Next week will see the team working in Brookwood on 10 graves - if anyone would like to drop in and meet up we will be there Monday to Wednesday maintaining the ‘graves of the brave.’ Adding to the work completed already this year. Message us for details.

09/09/2021

Looking for something to do with the family this weekend, whilst supporting the amazing work of the The Victoria Cross Trust ?
Why not pop by and check out all the fun filled activities, presentations and displays! Friends of the Victoria Cross Trust Victoria Cross Researchers Group Victoria Cross Online

Photos from Lakeside Village's post 03/09/2021

A recent event hosted by the Trust in Doncaster

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 03/09/2021

Assessment carried out today in Leeds on Arthur Poulter VC - headstone has a crack straight through the centre caused probably by it being pushed over at some point and re-erected.
Looking like a full lift with kerbs reset so a long job once permissions are in place. We are in conversation with family and if anyone local to Leeds would like to assist please contact us.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 18/08/2021

Today in Swaffham the grave care team completed an outstanding transformation of the grave of Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson at St Peter & St Pauls churchyard. Whilst there the team restored General Sir Horace Montague KCB, Colonel Edward Montague CBE & their families. Many thanks go to Bernard Hunt at the church and Kurt Oliver from the White Hart who provided support and sustenance to the team. Outstanding job and to be able to complete family members and other prominent military servicemen added to the achievement.

The History behind Sir Arthur:

Captain ARTHUR WILSON EL TEB 29 February 1884 He was 41 years old and serving in the Royal Navy (Naval Brigade) when he attached himself to the Right Half battery, in place of a lieutenant who was mortally wounded. (He later remarked that he had had nothing else to do that day.) As the troops closed on the enemy’s Krupp battery, the Arabs charged the gunners before they could deploy the guns. Wilson sprang to the front and attacked an Arab, but his sword stuck in the man’s ribs and snapped in two. He fought on with his fists and was slashed across the head before being relieved by men from the York and Lancaster Regiment. His action protected the gunners so they were able to deploy their guns. Wilson had also served in the Third China War. He was an early advocate of the torpedo but a committed opponent of the submarine, describing it as ‘a damned un-English weapon’. He died on 25 May 1921.

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Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 18/08/2021

A fantastic weekend at the Yorkshire Wartime Experience in Bradford for the charity with the team providing both educational displays and retail opportunities for the sale of our unique Victoria Cross Trust products all raising funds to clean the graves of VC recipients. The event also allowed our own veterans to get out and about and do what they do best - tell epic stories of their service and the stories behind the VCs. An opportunity also to chill and relax once the crowds had gone and to look forward to our next project - the cleaning of Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson VC's grave in Swaffham on 18th August.

Thank you to all of you who supported us through kind words and donations and a big thank you to Walkers Army Surplus - for their support and donation to the trust. For more information on our range of products visit the online shop at www.victoriacrosstrust.org

Donations can be made through Virgin Money Giving on our fund raising page https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/charity-web/charity/finalCharityHomepage.action?charityId=1011969

16/08/2021

Forthcoming work in Swaffham - 18th August 2021 -and as an update - after

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 05/08/2021

Before and after at Frimley

Photos from Parish of Frimley's post 04/08/2021

We are delighted to have assisted Frimley in the work to clean VC graves and repair a fallen cross.

03/08/2021

The team are poised to commence cleaning graves in Frimley over the next two days - watch this space

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 21/07/2021

This week, The Victoria Cross Trust cleaned the grave of Sergeant William Coffey. VC. in Spital Cemetery, Chesterfield. His award was for two actions:

1. For having, on the 29th March 1855, thrown a lighted shell, that fell into the trench, over the parapet.

2. For having, on the 18th June 1855, after the regiment had retired into the trenches from an assault on the redan, gone out into open ground, under heavy fire, in broad daylight, and brought in wounded soldiers outside the trenches.

Coffey survived the war and after further military experience, he died on 13 July 1875

The cleaned stone will brighten as the D2 Biosolution solution does its work. There is no known picture of William Coffey.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 12/07/2021

We lately cleaned the grave of Thomas Robert Wilkinson.VC.

On the 7th June 1855, he was singled out for his gallantry when he was in the advanced batteries at Sebastopol. He was under heavy constant fire, when he continued to place sandbags on the batteries to replace the damaged bags. He was recommended for his award by the commanding officer of the Artillery of the Right Flank of the attack.

Wilkinson’s Victoria Cross was announced in the London Gazette on 24th February 1857, and he was one of the first 62 men to be decorated with the medal at Hyde Park by Queen Victoria on 26th June that year. He was also awarded the French Legion of Honour. He left the Royal Marine Artillery in 1859 aged 28, and returned to his native York where he became the manager of Rymer’s Sand Yard in North Street.

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Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 09/07/2021

Today we cleaned the grave of Royal Marine Corporal John Prettyjohns VC., awarded a Victoria Cross for his bravery during the Crimean War.

On 5th November 1854, at the Battle of Inkerman, the Inkerman caves were full of Russian sharpshooters who were picking off British officers and gunners. The caves were ordered to be cleared, and the Marines were selected for the task. A division under Sergeant Richards and Corporal Prettyjohns was tasked to do the job. Richards and Prettyjohns managed to clear the caves, but the ammunition was almost spent, and the enemy began to creep back up the hillside to re-take the caves. In a report by Sergeant Turner, RM, the following then happened….

“Prettyjohns, a muscular West Countryman, said, ‘Well lads, we are just in for a warming, and it will be every man for himself in a few minutes. Look alive, my hearties, and collect all the stones handy, and pile them on the ridge in front of you. When I grip the front man, you let go the biggest stones upon those fellows behind’.

As soon as the first man stood on the level, Prettyjohns gripped him and gave him a Westcountry buttock, threw him over upon the men following, and a shower of stones from the others knocked the leaders over. Away they went, tumbling one over the other, down the incline; we gave them a parting volley and retired out of sight to load; they made off and left us, although there was sufficient to have eaten us up.”

He was physically presented with his VC in the Far East in late 1857. He served a full career, fighting in many campaigns before retiring in 1865.

We utilised D2 Biosolution to clean the stone. In the coming days it will brighten further as the solution does it’s job.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 03/07/2021

Trustees from the Victoria Cross Trust recently met with the security services company, Gough & Kelly. They have purchased a Victoria Cross Poppy for each member of their staff. Over 200 poppies will be worn by GK professional staff, many of whom are military veterans themselves, committed to providing public safety services. This is an amazing show of support for the VCT from GK and we are excited to be working with them on our future local grave care projects. A big thank you from all at the VCT to GK who both support and care for the well-being of their staff.

Located near to GK premises are the graves of William Butler VC and Arthur Poulter VC. Whilst out and about trustees were able to care for these two graves. Poulter’s VC grave had a solitary poppy growing next to the headstone. The stories of these two brave men will soon be published on our blog section of the VCT website, so please do have a read.

Thank you once again to Ian Crawford and the GK team. Remember them.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 01/07/2021

ROBERT BYE. VC.
On 31st July 1917, on the Yser Canal, Belgium, Sergeant Robert James Bye displayed the utmost courage and devotion to duty during an attack on the enemy’s position. Seeing that the leading waves were being troubled by two enemy blockhouses, on his own initiative, he rushed at one of them and put the garrison out of action. He then re-joined his company and went forward to the assault on the second objective.

When the troops moved forward to attack the third objective, a party was detailed to clear up a line of bypassed blockhouses. Sergeant Bye volunteered to take charge of this party, accomplished his object, and took many prisoners. He subsequently advanced to the third objective, capturing several prisoners, thus rendering invaluable help to the assaulting companies. He displayed throughout the most remarkable initiative.

Today, the Victoria Cross Trust cleaned this brave man’s grave. We piloted the cleaning solution used by the Americans at Arlington Cemetery, Normandy Cemetery, and the White House. The subject of the wash will improve over the week following the clean.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 26/06/2021

To all servicemen and women on Armed Forces Day - Thankyou for your service. From all at the Victoria Cross Trust.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 25/06/2021

This week, the Victoria Cross Trust cleaned the family plot of Rear Admiral Robert St Vincent Sherbrooke VC.

On 31st December 1942 in the Barents Sea, Captain Sherbrooke in HMS Onslow was the senior officer in command of destroyers escorting an essential convoy for North Russia. He encountered a vastly superior enemy force, the cruiser Hipper and the pocket battleship Lutzow. Four times the enemy tried to attack the convoy, being forced back each time.

Early in the action, seriously wounded in the face and temporarily blinded, Captain Sherbrooke continued to direct the ships under his command. Even when the next senior officer had assumed control, he insisted on receiving all reports of the action until the convoy was out of danger. His actions, resulting in the German' failure to neutralize the convoy, were pivotal to Hitler's scrapping of the Kriegsmarine in early 1943.

It was an honour to leave the plot in a condition deserving of a national hero.

The plot contained several Sherbrooke senior Naval officers.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 23/06/2021

Today our team cared for the grave of Rupert St Vincent Sherbrooke VC along with seven other family members buried alongside in Oxton Nottinghamshire. Also tended and tidied was the grave of Corporal E Catlin of the Great War whose name also appears in the memorial window of St Martin’s and St Peter’s Church.

Photos from The Victoria Cross Trust's post 11/06/2021

The Victoria Cross Trust has recently inspected the grave of Thomas Wilkinson VC, who became a Bombardier in the Royal Marine Artillery, just prior to the outbreak of the Crimean War. On 7th June 1855, he was under constant heavy fire at Sebastopol but continued to place sandbags on the batteries to replace the damaged bags.

He was one of the first 62 men to be decorated with the Victoria Cross medal at Hyde Park by Queen Victoria later that year. After his military career he returned to his home town of York where he became the manager of Rymer’s Sand Yard. Thomas Wilkinson VC is laid to rest in a very large but peaceful cemetery near the centre of York. His headstone would benefit from some restoration and the VCT are hoping to clean his grave in the near future.

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A charitable organisation dedicated to the upkeep of the graves and the memory of Victoria Cross Recipients, many of whom gave their lives in military conflict across the world.

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Unit 20 Lakeside Village White Rose Way
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Monday 9:30am - 6pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 6pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 6pm
Thursday 9:30am - 6pm
Friday 9:30am - 6pm
Saturday 9:30am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm

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