12 September 2013

12 September 2013 – The Victoria Cross Trust is delighted to announce that Lady Lucy French joins as their latest Patron. As the fourteenth patron Lady Lucy will continue to support and raise the profile of the trust, commending the bravery of the service men that have been awarded the Victoria Cross and recognise their remarkable acts of courage.

Lady Lucy French hails from a family steeped in military history, her father the 3rd Earl of Ypres, fought in the Second World War as Captain in the King’s Royal Rifle Corps; and furthermore her Great Grandfather commanded the British Expeditionary Force during the First World War. This rich history allows Lady Lucy to have a great personal insight into the acts of heroism our servicemen provide and truly recognise the invaluable services that the Victoria Cross Trust provides.

“I am delighted to be a patron of the trust”, said Lady Lucy French, “It’s wonderful to be part of the such a worthy cause”.

Gary Stapleton, Chairman of the Victoria Cross Trust, said: “Both the trust and our patrons wish to ensure our heroes are never forgotten and that their heroic acts will be immortalised honourably. Having patrons such as Lady Lucy French supporting the profile of the trust and encouraging donations and funding for projects is imperative to the future of the trusts work”.

About the Victoria Cross Trust

The Victoria Cross Trust exists to repair and preserve the neglected graves of Victoria Cross holders, and perpetuate their memory and ensure they are honoured. Only the graves of the servicemen that have been awarded the military honour who died on the battlefield during the First and Second World War are looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, otherwise it is the responsibility of the living relatives to maintain the graves. Many of these graves have been neglected which is when the Victoria Cross Trust is needed. Established in 2011 the Victoria Cross Trust aims to ensure all the graves of our bravest servicemen are remembered in a manner that reflects their valour.

The work of the Victoria Cross Trust restoring the graves of service men can only continue with the help of the donations from the public, to donate please visit the Trust’s JustGiving page and pledge to help commemorate our nations’ heroes.

For more information please visit or contact:

Joanne Turner

Proactive PR

+44 1636 812 512