|At the very heart of anything we do shall be respect for the servicemen awarded the Victoria Cross, and the wishes of their familes and the people living local to any grave site.|
We do not take lightly the responsibility to show respect for the Victoria Cross, the men whom it was awarded to, and their families. We will at all times endeavour to live up to public expectation whilst maintaining an appropriate and dignified approach to our work.
In 2011, we realised that some of the graves belonging to servicemen awarded the Victoria Cross have been forgotten and neglected. A number are without headstones and are unmarked, many more have fallen into disrepair and have no living family members to maintain and look after them.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission only takes responsibility for the graves of those that were killed in action during world war one and world war two. Many more Victoria Cross recipients were laid to rest without civic recognition and continued maintenance of the grave sites.
We wish to work with families and relatives of those brave men whos graves fall outside the remit of the CWGC and provide the same level of care afforded to those men that fell in battle during the two world wars.
It is vital that we also consider the long term situation regarding these graves and ensure steps are taken to provide satisfactory protection of such important sites. With all of our project we put into place an 'aftercare plan'. We use volunteers to tend a grave and keep it clean and tidy, we also consider an application for listing, or in some cases we take over the ownership of the grave.
Education & Awareness
Throughout the UK people have forgotten about the servicemen awarded the Victoria Cross who have a connection with their own area and no appropriate civic memorial has been erected.
We aim to remedy this by working with families and relatives of these service men, Local Authorities, Regimental Associations and Schools to increase awareness of the Victoria Cross and the servicemen it was awarded to, and where appropriate arrange a suitable civic memorial so that future generations will be aware of their town's own servicemen awarded the Victoria Cross
1) TO PROVIDE AND MAINTAIN MEMORIALS AND GRAVE MARKERS TO COMMEMORATE THE LIVES OF HOLDERS OF THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC AND FOR POSTERITY TO PERPETUATE THE MEMORY OF THESE BRAVE PEOPLE.
2) TO ADVANCE THE EDUCATION OF THE PUBLIC AS TO THE LIVES, CITATION DETAILS AND LAST RESTING PLACES OF VICTORIA CROSS HOLDERS BY SUCH MEANS AS THE DIRECTORS MAY DETERMINE