In the beginning, The Cove Team were sceptical about the value of reiterating the stories of our VC winners, as the information is already widely available and in much greater detail than what we provide. However, we are glad we did. Reading the VC recipients' stories is a humbling experience. To be reminded of their courage is a privilege and we believe that all soldiers and junior leaders can draw upon their experiences to learn combat behaviours, defence values and foster esprit de corps.
While reciting history itself may not have a lot of impact; it's what you take away from the lessons of the past that has the most value. We encourage you to reflect on history and learn through the lessons of others.
In summary, 96 Australians have been awarded the Victoria Cross, and five were awarded the Victoria Cross of Australia. Read more about the history and difference between the two honours.
Australians have been awarded the Victoria Cross across the following conflicts:
- 6 in the Boer War 1899-1902
- 64 in World War I 1914-1918 (nine at Gallipoli)
- 2 in North Russia 1919
- 20 in World War II 1939-1945
- 4 in Vietnam 1962-1972
- 4 in Afghanistan 2001-2013
Australian soldiers were awarded nine Victoria Crosses at Gallipoli, including seven during the Battle of Lone Pine (06–09 August 1915).
A quick summary of all of the recipients are available below: