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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 47, November 19, 2006, Article 32

UPHAM VICTORIA CROSS SOLD, BUT STAYS IN NEW ZEALAND

According to a November 14 report, "The rare medals of New Zealand's
most decorated soldier, Captain Charles Upham, have been bought by
an overseas museum but will stay in this country.

Captain Upham's Victoria Cross and bar, the only double VC ever won
by a combat soldier, have been bought by Britain's Imperial War Museum
and will be lent to New Zealand for 999 years.

The move ended a nationwide controversy when his daughters, Amanda
Upham and Virginia McKenzie, said earlier this year they wanted to
sell the medals and would take no less than the $3.3 million they had
already been offered. The Government had offered the family $1m. It
is believed an English collector of Victoria Cross medals was prepared
to pay $9m.

The medal and bar will be displayed at the Army Museum in Waiouru."

"This is a VC and Bar and only one of three sets in the world."

"I am delighted they are staying in New Zealand because that is where
they belong. I am even more delighted they are staying at the museum
in Waiouru which despite its location is still accessible and has the
largest collection of New Zealand Victoria Crosses."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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