Battle of Arnhem Victoria Crosses

April 12, 2018

For Valour is a tribute to all of the British soldiers for the courage they displayed during the Battle of Arnhem, symbolised by those who were awarded the Victoria Cross (VC). These five VCs tell the dramatic stories of Lieutenant John Hollington Grayburn, Flight Lieutenant David Samuel Anthony Lord, Lance-sergeant John Daniel Baskeyfield, Major Robert Henry Cain and Captain Lionel Ernest Queripel. Cain was the only survivor of the Battle of Arnhem; the other four soldiers were awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously.

The VC is the highest and most prestigious British military award for exceptional courage shown in time of war. Since its introduction in 1856 the medal has been made by a small jeweller’s firm in London, Hancocks & Co. In keeping with tradition, the bronze used in the medal comes from a canon that was captured at the siege of Sebastopol during the Crimean War. The status of the Victoria Cross has grown to almost mythical proportions.   

 For Valour is on display in Airborne Museum Hartenstein until 1 October 2018.