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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 27, July 2, 2006, Article 32

NEW ZEALAND VICTORIA CROSS TO BE AUCTIONED

"A Victoria Cross awarded to a New Zealand soldier for bravery
in Gallipoli will be auctioned by Bonhams & Goodman in Sydney
next month.

The Victoria Cross was awarded to Captain Alfred John Shout
who died fighting for the ANZACS IN Gallipoli.

The world auction record for the sale of a Victoria Cross is
235,250 for a medal awarded to Sergeant Norman C Jackson, a
British Royal Air Force pilot for his role in the Battle of
Britain during World War II in 1944."

"The collection of Shout's medals includes a Victoria Cross;
Military Cross (GVR); Star 1914-15; British War Medal 1914-18;
Victory Medal 1914-19; Queen's South Africa Medal and King's
South Africa Medal.

There has been much private and public interest in Victoria
Crosses in recent times, particularly the VCs' awarded at
Gallipoli. The rare medals are made from bronze obtained from
cannons captured at Sebastopol during the Crimean war."

Taking its name from Queen Victoria, the medal is the highest
award for acts of bravery in wartime, irrespective of rank.
This year is the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the
Victoria Cross."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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