Victoria Cross Exhibition
21st May 2013
Our exhibition for 2013 is dedicated to the soldiers who served with The Royal Berkshire and The Wiltshire Regiment who won this country’s highest award for bravery – the Victoria Cross (VC). The museum has seven of these medals and one replica. The exhibition tells the stories of the men who won these in detail, together with photographs, artefacts and documents.
During the Crimean War, the following Victoria Crosses were won by three soldiers who served with the 49th Regiment. They were; Sergeant James Owens, who won his VC at Sebastopol, Sergeant George Walters for his bravery at the Battle of Inkermann, and Brevet Major John Augustus Con(n)olly who also won his VC at the Battle of Inkerman. These men were also some of the first soldiers to receive the Victoria Cross from Queen Victoria in 1857.
In 1900, Private William House who served with 2nd Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment won a Victoria Cross for rescuing a wounded colleague while under fire during the Second Boer War, South Africa. Private House was himself also severely wounded.
During First World War, Second Lieutenant Alexander Turner (3rd Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment), Lance Corporal James Welch (1st Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment) and Captain Reginald Hayward (1st Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment) won their VC’s while serving during some this war’s most famous battles.
Our most recent recipient was Sergeant Maurice Rogers who served with 1st Battalion, The Wiltshire Regiment when, during the battle for Anzio, Italy he was killed in action while advancing alone attacking German defensive positions.
Also included in the exhibition is information on other recipients from our regiments whose Victoria Cross medals the museum does not hold. These soldiers are; Brigadier-General Robert Loyd-Lindsay, 1st Baron Wantage, who was Colonel of The Royal Berkshire Volunteers, Captain Harold Ackroyd VC MC who, during the First World War, was medical officer with 6th Battalion, The Royal Berkshire Regiment, Private Frederick Hobson VC, who served with The Wiltshire Regiment and Lieutenant John Dimmer VC who served with 2nd/4th Royal Berkshire Regiment.
Find out more about our Victoria Cross recipients and the history of this famous medal by visiting us here at the museum. Our Opening times are detailed on the Home Page.
The photograph on the left is Lance Corporal James Welch seen here in hospital uniform while recovering from his wounds, after he received his Victoria Cross.