First World War Victoria Cross Awards

Victoria Cross - © Imperial War Museum (HU69722)

In August 2013, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced a nationwide campaign to honour Victoria Cross recipients from the First World War.

A competition was held to choose the design for the commemorative paving stones that will be laid in the birthplace of Victoria Cross recipients on the centenaries of the acts of valour, that led to their awards.

The competition was won by Charlie MacKeith and his design was unveiled on 4 November 2013 at the Army and Navy Club in London. For more information about the Victoria Cross commemorative paving stones visit the Government's website.

A total of 454 Victoria Crosses were awarded to UK-born recipients, 85 of those were born in London.

The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is delighted to be able to honour seven Victoria Cross recipients that were born in the Borough.

RecipientVictoria Cross awarded
George Dorrell1 September 1914
Richard Bell-Davies19 November 1915
Humphrey Firman24 April 1916
Julian Gribble23 March 1918
Victor Crutchley9 May 1918
Rowland Bourke9 May 1918
George Cartwright31 August 1918

We will be remembering each of our VC heroes with a commemorative service held on the centenary of the act for which they were awarded their Victoria Cross.

We will continue to update these pages to honour our Victoria Cross recipients. For more information about the First World War visit the Imperial War Museum website.

Image credit: © Imperial War Museum (HU69722)