As reported in July, there is a new book on the Australian recipients of the Victoria Cross medal. Author Michael Madden spent four and a half
years writing it. A launch ceremony was held this week near Sydney. Here's an excerpt from the November 21, 2018 Wollondilly Advertiser,
which includes a nice photo gallery of the event. -Editor
Edna Wheatley – widow of local war hero Kevin ‘Dasher’ Wheatley – was among the special guests at the launch of the new book, The
Victoria Cross: Australia Remembers.
It was also an emotional moment for many other family members of VC recipients who joined NSW Governor David Hurley and a large crowd at Ingleburn
RSL Memorial Garden on Tuesday.
The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
Author Michael Madden – who met with about 60 families as part of his research – gave a fascinating speech about the history of the medal, dating
back to the Crimean War of the 1850s.
He pointed out that each medal is only worth a few dollars in actual materials, but – once a war hero’s name is engraved – it is suddenly worth
about $1 million.
The Governor said the book was about telling the story of “the individuals” behind the deeds of valour.
Students from St Patrick’s College, Macquarie Fields High School and Holy Family Catholic Primary School joined the ceremony.
Edna Wheatley was delighted to meet the girls from St Pat’s, led by history teacher Fran Music Rullo, and got teary-eyed as spoke about her
husband, who was killed in action in 1965.
Also among the guests was 98-year-old war widow Daphne Dunne, whose special relationship with Prince Harry has made headlines around the
Her husband was Albert Chowne, killed in action near the end of WWII.
Cutting a ‘slouch hat’ cake at the launch
See an article elsewhere in this issue about the acquisition of a Canadian Victoria Cross by the Canadian War Museum. -Editor
To read the complete article, see:
Michael Madden launched his new book The Victoria Cross: Australia Remembers at Ingleburn RSL
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NEW BOOK: THE VICTORIA CROSS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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