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