THE VICTORIA CROSS COLLECTION OF UPPER CANADA COLLEGE, TORONTO, HAS BEEN LOANED TO THE CANADIAN WAR MUSEUM IN OTTAWA.
17 May 2006

In a ceremony held on Wednesday, 17th May 2006, Toronto's Upper Canada College loaned to the Canadian War Museum their two Victoria Cross medal groups, comprising the VCs awarded to Colonel Alexander Dunn and Major Hampden Cockburn. The two VC recipients were Upper Canada College students - Alexander Dunn in 1844 and Hampden Cockburn in 1881. The college has owned Dunn's medals since 1899 and Cockburn's since his death in 1913.

COLONEL ALEXANDER ROBERTS DUNN VC - 11TH HUSSASRS ( PRINCE ALBERT'S OWN )

[ London Gazette, 24 February 1857 ], Balaclava, Crimea, 25 October 1854, Lieutenant Alexander Roberts Dunn, 11th Hussars ( Prince Albert's Own )

For having in the Light Cavalry Charge on the 25th October 1854, saved the life of Serjeant Bentley, 11th Hussars, by cutting down two or three Russian Lancers who were attacking him from the rear, and afterwards cutting down a Russian Hussar, who was attacking Private Levett, 11th Hussars

Alexander Dunn was invested with his Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria in Hyde Park on 26 June 1857.



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Medal entitlement of Colonel Alexander Dunn,
11th Hussars ( Prince Albert's Own )
  • Victoria Cross
  • Crimea Medal ( 1854-56 )
    • 4 clasps:
    • "Alma" - "Balaclava" - "Inkermann" - "Sebastopol"
  • Abyssinian War Medal ( 1867-68)
  • Turkish Crimea Medal ( 1855-56 )

MAJOR HAMPDEN ZANE CHURCHILL COCKBURN VC - ROYAL CANADIAN DRAGOONS

[ London Gazette, 23 April 1901 ], Komati River, South Africa, 2nd Boer War, 7 November 1900, Lieutenant Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn, Royal Canadian Dragoons.

Lieutenant Cockburn, with a handful of men, at a most critical moment held off the Boers to allow the guns to get away; to do so he had to sacrifice himself and his party, all of whom were killed, wounded, or taken prisoners, he himself being slightly wounded.

Hampden Cockburn was invested with his Victoria Cross by HRH Duke of York ( the future King George V ) in Toronto, on 11 October 1901.



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Medal entitlement of Major Hampden Zane Churchill Cockburn,
Royal Canadian Dragoons
  • Victoria Cross
  • Queen's South Africa Medal ( 1899-1902 )
    • 4 clasps:
    • "Cape Colony" - "Orange Free State"
    • "Johannesburg" - "Diamond Hill"
  • Royal Canadian Humane Association Medal for Bravery ( 1897 )
  • Toronto Homecoming Medal from the Boer War ( 1900 )

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Iain Stewart, 30 May 2006