On the 15th of August, 1917, the converted fishing smack Nelson engaged in patrol duties when attacked with gunfire from an enemy submarine. Nelson returned the submarine's fire. The submarine's fourth shot went through the port bow just below the waterline, and the seventh shell struck the skipper, partially disembowelling him, and passed through the deck and out through the side of the ship. ~ Despite his wound's terrible nature, Skipper Thomas Crisp maintained consciousness, and his first thought was to send off a message that he was being attacked and giving his position. He continued to command his ship
We are delighted to announce that Pete McAleese, armed forces veteran and SAS legend is to join our group of patrons. Pete said that he was delighted to accept the position alongside his close friend and colleague Rusty Firmin who joined the Trust in February. The Victoria Cross Trust is proud to have Pete join the team to support us in our work to maintain the graves of VC recipients and in our education of the public in the history behind those individuals.
The Victoria Cross Trust is delighted to welcome Rusty Firmin as a new patron of the Trust. Rusty is best known as the SAS Blue Team - back door Assault Team Leader during the 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege. This event has been the subject of books and films in the recent past. Rusty says, “I am pleased to become a patron of the Victoria Cross Trust. The aims and objectives of the Trust greatly interests me personally. Times are challenging, but passion by everyone concerned will see us through. I Look forward to working with you all; the challenge is
It is beginning to appear that mass events may not be allowed until this autumn. Consequently, we lose another year of fundraising events that are our lifeline. We have grave cleans in the pipeline that we are hopeful of implementing this year. Like all charities at the moment, finance is becoming a real problem. We plan to hibernate as much as possible and slash all unnecessary costs. If we do this, we may get through to a more vibrant 2022. It will be crucial not just for VC grave cleaning, but also for our team, the vast majority of whom
A second Christmas Day survey. Maj. Kelly. VC. MC & Bar. Le Sars on 4 October 1916, who then fought with the International Brigade in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. He served in the Cheshire Regiment as a Lieutenant during WW2. A well cared for grave.