THE VICTORIA CROSS AWARDED TO LIEUTENANT GORDON FLOWERDEW HAS BEEN RETURNED TO FRAMLINGHAM COLLEGE, SUFFOLK, FOLLOWING A LOAN PERIOD TO THE STRATHCONA MUSEUM, CALGARY.
3rd February 2003


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Medal entitlement of Lieutenant Gordon Flowerdew,
Lord Strathcona's Horse, CEF

  • Victoria Cross
  • 1914-15 Star
  • British War Medal ( 1914-20 )
  • Victory Medal ( 1914-19 )


On the 3rd February 2003 a high profile ceremony took place at Framlingham College to mark the return of the Victoria Cross awarded to Gordon Flowerdew which had been on loan to the Strathcona's Museum in Canada.

During the ceremony the VC was handed over to the Head of College, Mrs. Randell, by Commanding Officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Cade of Lord Strathcona's Horse, accompanied by his Regimental Sergeant-Major, Chief Warrant Officer Biener. Members of the College Army, Navy and RAF sections of the combined cadet force formed an Honour Guard, with the college's Cadet Sergeant reading the citation detailing Lieutenant Flowerdew's VC action.


For the award of the Victoria Cross

[ London Gazette, 24 April 1918 ]. Bois de Mureuil, France, 30 March 1918, Lieutenant Gordon Muriel Flowerdew, Lord Strathcona's Horse, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

For most conspicuous bravery and dash ( NE of Bois de Moreuil, France ) when in command of a squadron detailed for special service of a very important nature. On reaching the first objective, Lieutenant Flowerdew saw two lines of the enemy, each about sixty strong, with machine guns in the centre and flanks, one line being about two hundred yards behind the other.

Realising the critical nature of the operation and how much depended upon it, Lieutenant Flowerdew ordered a troop under Lieutenant Harvey VC, to dismount and carry out a special movement while he led the remaining three troops to the charge. The squadron ( less one troop ) passed over both lines, killing many of the enemy with the sword, and wheeling about galloped at them again.

Although the squadron had then lost about 70 per cent of its numbers, killed and wounded, from rifle and machine gun fire directed on it from the front and both flanks, the enemy broke and retired.

The survivors of the squadron then established themselves in a position where they were joined, after much hand-to-hand fighting, by Lieutenant Harvey’s party. Lieutenant Flowerdew was dangerously wounded through both thighs during the operation but continued to cheer on his men. There can be no doubt that this officer’s great valour was the prime factor in the capture of the position.


In Framlingham College Chapel is the wooden cross from Flowerdew's original grave in France and citations of the three men from Framlingham who were awarded the Victoria Cross: Lieutenant Gordon Flowerdew, Major William Hewitt and Captain Augustus Agar.

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Iain Stewart, 3 February 2003