26 June 2020

Charles Lucas and the First Victoria Cross

Today is the 163rd anniversary of the first presentation of the Victoria Cross by Her Majesty Queen Victoria.

The first Victoria Cross recipient to be gazetted was Lieutenant Cecil William Buckley, in the London Gazette of 24 February 1857, for his actions in the Sea of Azov on 28 May 1855. The first recipient to physically receive his award was, because of the seniority of his rank, Commander Henry James Raby, at the inaugural awards ceremony on 26 June 1857. Lucas was fourth in line at the investiture. His were the earliest actions to result in the award of the Victoria Cross.

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