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Australian Victoria Cross Recipients

Australian Victoria Cross Recipients
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See also on our website   What is the Victoria Cross?

The Victoria Cross has been awarded to 97 Australians since the medal was authorized by Queen Victoria in January 1856.

Victoria Cross recipients below are listed by the campaign and the date of action for which they received their award.
Note: to see how old they were when the action took place, subtract the date of birth from the date of action.

Key to abbreviations is listed at the bottom.

The Victoria Cross

On 15 January 1991 the Queen instituted the Victoria Cross for Australia. This is the highest decoration that can be awarded to a person in wartime.

Date of Action Unit
 Afghanistan War
 Baird, Corporal Cameron Stewart
7 June 1981 – 2013
22 June 2013 6th Battalion
Royal Australia Regiment
 Keighran, Corporal Daniel Alan
18 June 1983 –
24 August 2010 6th Battalion
Royal Australia Regiment
 Roberts-Smith, Corporal Benjamin
1 November 1978 –
11 June 2010 Special Air Service Regiment
 Donaldson, Corporal Mark Gregor
2 April 1979 –
2 Sept 2008 Special Air Service Regiment
 Vietnam War
 Badcoe, Maj. Peter John
11 Jan 1934 – 7 Apr 1967 *
23 Feb – 7 Apr 1967 Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam
 Payne, WO2 Keith
30 Aug 1933 –
24 May 1969 Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam
 Simpson, WO2 Rayene Stewart
16 Feb 1926 – 18 Oct 1978
6 and 11 May 1969 Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam
 Wheatley, WO2 Kevin
13 Mar 1937 – 13 Nov 1965 *
13 Nov 1965 Australian Army Training Team, Vietnam
 World War II
 Anderson, Lt. Col. Charles G. W.
12 Feb 1897 – 11 Nov 1988
18 – 22 Jan 1942 2 / 19th Battalion
 Chowne, Lt. Albert
19 Jul 1920 – 25 Mar 1945 *
25 Mar 1945 2 / 2nd Battalion
 Cutler, Lt. Arthur Roden
24 May 1916 – 21 Feb 2002
19 June – 6 July 1941 2 / 5th Field Regiment
 Derrick, Sgt. Thomas Currie
20 Mar 1914 – 24 May 1944 *
24 Nov 1943 2 / 48th Battalion
 Edmondson, Cpl. John Hurst
8 Oct 1914 – 14 Apr 1941 *
13 April 1941 2 / 17th Battalion
 Edwards, A W Commander Hughie
1 Aug 1914 – 5 Aug 1982
4 July 1941 No. 105 Squadron RAF
 French, Cpl. John Alexander
15 Jul 1914 – 4 Sep 1942 *
4 Sept 1942 2 / 9th Battalion
 Gordon, Pte. James Heather
7 Mar 1909 – 24 Jul 1986
10 July 1941 2 / 31st Battalion
 Gratwick, Pte. Percival Eric
19 Oct 1902 – 26 Oct 1942 *
25 – 26 Oct 1942 2 / 48th Battalion
 Gurney, Pte. Arthur Stanley
15 Dec 1908 – 22 Jul 1942 *
22 July 1942 2 / 48th Battalion
 Kelliher, Pte. Richard
1 Sep 1910 – 28 Jan 1963
13 Sept 1943 2 / 25th Battalion
 Kenna, Pte. Edward
6 Jul 1919 –
15 May 1945 2 / 4th Battalion
 Kibby, Sgt. William Henry
15 Apr 1903 – 31 Oct 1942 *
23 – 31 Oct 1942 2 / 48th Battalion
 Kingsbury, Pte. Bruce Steel
8 Jan 1918 – 29 Aug 1942 *
29 Aug 1942 2 / 14th Battalion
 Mackey, Cpl. John Bernard
16 May 1922 – 12 May 1945 *
12 May 1945 2 / 3rd Pioneer Battalion
 Middleton, F-Sgt. Rawdon Hume
22 Jul 1916 – 1 Feb 1943 ***
28 – 29 Nov 1942 RAAF, attached to No. 149
Squadron RAF
 Newton, F-Lt. William Ellis
8 Jun 1919 – 29 Mar 1943 ***
16 Mar 1943 No. 22 Squadron, RAAF
 Partridge, Pte. Frank John
29 Nov 1924 – 23 Mar 1964
24 July 1945 8th Battalion
 Rattey, Cpl. Reginald Roy
28 Mar 1918 – 10 Jan 1986
22 Mar 1945 25th Battalion
 Starcevich, Pte. Leslie Thomas
5 Sep 1918 – 17 Nov 1989
28 June 1945 2 / 43rd Battalion

* Men who died in war, from action listed or a later action.
* * F-Sgt. R. H. Middleton’s plane crashed into the ocean, but his body didn’t
wash ashore until over a month later on 1 Feb 1943
* * * F-Lt. William Ellis Newton was executed by the Japanese 2 weeks after his
plane was brought down by enemy gunfire.

Military Abbreviations Used Above
Pte.
Cpl.
L-Cpl.
Private
Corporal
Lance-Corporal
WO2
F-Sgt.
A W Cdr.
Warrant Officer Class 2
Flight Sergeant
Acting Wing Commander
Sgt.
Lt.
Capt.
Sergeant
Lieutenant
Captain

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