|This is life size replica of the Victoria Cross, the highest british award for Bravery since 1856. It comes complete with a crimson ribbon as in the original, although until 1918 naval recipients had a blue ribbon. It is awarded for most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour of self sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy". Around 1,300 have been awarded since the original. Students will want to handle the Victoria Cross and it can be used to engage the interest of a class whether studying any conflict from the indian Mutiny to Falklands. Before the lesson set the class a homework task to research who it was awarded to and why in the conflict you wish to focus on. Students can write up their research alongside a sketch of the cross.
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