The Victoria Cross came into existence by Queen Victoria signing the Royal Warrant instigating the award on the 29th January 1856, and then approving a specimen Victoria Cross on 3rd March of the same year.

The next twelve months was taken up by the Royal Navy and Army selecting appropriate candidates for the award from the veterans of the Crimean War ( 1854-56 ).

The names of the 85 successful servicemen were published in the 'London Gazette' of 24th February 1857, the first investiture taking place in Hyde Park on 26th June 1857, where Queen Victoria personally invested the VC on 62 recipients. The remainder, who were stationed overseas at the time, were invested with their VCs by their GOCs.


Iain Stewart - 1 December 2007