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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 13, March 28, 2010, Article 23

FIRST EVER VICTORIA CROSS MEDAL TO BE SOLD

The passion for collecting military honor medals such as the Victoria Cross continues unabated, and it will be interesting to see what the latest offering brings on the market - the first Victoria Cross medal ever issued. Here are quoted from an article published this week in The Telegraph. -Editor

First ever Victoria Cross medal

The first ever Victoria Cross medal awarded to a soldier of the British Army is expected to sell at auction for 120,000.

It will be sold along with the cannon ball that blew off the brave soldier's arm off.

The incredibly rare medal was awarded to Major John Simpson Knox by Queen Victoria on June 26, 1857, for his exceptional heroism during the Crimean war.

He lead troops in in Alma, Sebastopol, Balaklava and Inkerman between 1854 and 1856, the first few engagements to be considered for a VC.

Medal Specialist Oliver Pepys said the medal was of massive historical importance.

He said: "This is the first Victoria Cross ever handed to a soldier of the British army.

He lead troops in in Alma, Sebastopol, Balaklava and Inkerman between 1854 and 1856, the first few engagements to be considered for a VC.

Medal Specialist Oliver Pepys said the medal was of massive historical importance.

He said: "This is the first Victoria Cross ever handed to a soldier of the British army.

The medal goes on sale at Spink Auction House in London on April 22 and is expected to sell for a staggering 120,000.

It is being sold alongside three other medals Knox was awarded, the Crimean Medal, the French Legion of Honour and the Turkish Crimean medal.

Knox recorded his service and experiences in Crimea in a number of letters, copies of which he pasted into a scrap-book which were later found and published.

To read the complete article, see: First ever Victoria Cross medal to be sold at auction (www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/politics/defence
/7520764/First-ever-Victoria-Cross-medal-to-be-sold-at-auction.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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