The Victoria Cross Trust is a charitable organisation that works tirelessly to ensure the memory and graves of every Victoria Cross recipient are remembered and maintained for generations to come.
This website and all our fund raising activities, aim to generate income to subsidise the upkeep and preservation of Victoria Cross graves; many of which had been forgotten, were unmarked, without headstones or had fallen into disrepair, without any living family members to maintain or look after them. At the very heart of everything we do is respect for the the servicemen awarded the Victoria Cross and the wishes of their families. We do not take this responsibility lightly and at all times endeavour to live up to public expectation whilst maintaining an appropriate and dignified approach to our work.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) only takes responsibility for graves of Victoria Cross recipients killed in action during World War I and II. Many more VCs were laid to rest without civic recognition and without continued maintenance to their graves. The Victoria Cross Trust works with families and relatives of those brave men whos graves fall outside the remit of the CWGC, to provide the same level of care and maintenance to their graves. We take steps to ensure these important sites are restored, maintained and protected for the long term with an ‘aftercare plan’, using volunteers to tend a grave and keep it clean and tidy. An application for listing is considered and in some cases we take over the ownership of the grave
Lest We Forget
Throughout the UK where servicemen awarded the VC have no civic memorial and their local connection has been forgotten or lost, the Victoria Cross Trust work with families and relatives of these servicemen, Local Authorities, Regimental Associations and Schools to increase awareness and where appropriate, arrange a suitable civic memorial to ensure future generations will be aware of the servicemen awarded the Victoria Cross from their local area.
1. To provide and maintain memorials and grave markers to commemorate the lives of holders of the Victoria Cross for the benefit of the general public and for posterity to perpetuate the memory of these brave soldiers. 2. To advance the education of the public as to the lives, citation details and last resting places of Victoria Cross holders by such means as the directors may determine.
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