How to recognise the VC [Victoria Cross]

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The VC is the highest award of the United Kingdom honours system. It is awarded for gallantry "in the presence of the enemy" to members of the British armed forces.

I am developing a profile, the father in law of a cousin (6C2R), awarded the  VC

How do we acknowledge this award in Wikitree? The honour was awarded in the South African campaign of the 1870's, and personally presented by the Queen.

Whilst I have assigned the Notable badge, more should be attributed.
WikiTree profile: Anthony Booth
in Policy and Style by R W G2G6 Pilot (257k points)
edited by Dorothy Barry
Thank you Dorothy.
In the initial draft of this question, the Victoria Cross was used. Uploading to G2G was denied as the "whole" exceeded the permitted use of six names. I amended Victoria Cross to VC!
Ron, there is a limit of six tags per question, but the question itself is not so limited. Based on my experience retagging questions in G2G, I estimate that  people pay at least as much attention to the words in the question as they do to the tags. Next time, spell out "Victoria Cross" in the question.    :-)
That's exactly what I did, Ellen, used "Victoria Cross" throughout the draft posting. Only when the limit of six names was flagged did I change to VC. I did not remove any tags.
That sounds like it might be an error message I haven't seen. Was it the restriction on tags that I mentioned, or was it a restriction on the number of hyperlinks in the question, or something else I haven't guessed?

Did the error message cause your entire question to be trashed, forcing you to start over? (That would be upsetting!!)
No the error message was not related to tags, rather the number of names within the posting, limited to six. My interpretation;  Victoria Cross, three times and the profile Anthony Clarke Booth, a total of 9.

No trashing of drafted posting. I just changed Victoria Cross three times to VC, reposted. No problem!
The Victoria Cross really is something special when it comes to honouring the brave.    We had one in our small avenue in Pinner, Charles Spackman who won it when taking a German Machine Gun Post in WW1.  The medal itself is made from the guns used in the Crimea War of 1855.    When home on leave in 1951 I was in uniform and so when passing Mr Spackman in the street I had to salute even though he was in civvies.   That is the form with holders of that rare decoration.    In the 1930's he made it into the news when a photograph of Charles Spackman was taken with him alongside the Prince of Wales - later King Edward VIII - albeit for a limited time.    The full report of Charles Spackman's action in winning the medal can also be found on the net
It's the same way with the Congressional Medal of Honor in the U.S.--honorees are to be saluted regardless of rank. That's neat that you actually got a chance to salute him!

Yes it was a good feeling in being able to salute him and his bravery.   You can see the photo and a shorter description of his action here -

yeah sorry - being a US citizen who grew up in the Vietnam era we just go to that in our heads - sorry to any brits for whom it is what was meant - acronyms can be tricky

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VC is also the abbreviation used for the Viet Cong in the Vietnam War

A simple google search: Colour Sergeant, the equivalent of other services SSgt

A rank of non-commissioned officer in the Army and Royal Marines, above sergeant and below warrant officer.


With reference to the sergeant's responsibility for carrying one of the regiment's colours in a guard of honour.

you can add direct to [[Category: Victoria Cross]]

you can use the sticker, which displays an image of the medal on the profile AND adds to the category

|image = Mil_template_images.jpg
|Medal = Victoria Cross}}

you can add to the Wikitree Victoria Roll of Honor, see the instructions on


by Keith McDonald G2G6 Mach 8 (88.8k points)
selected by Deborah Talbot
It's OK I get the picture. Never show an interest in any profile. If you want to know something - Google it! Thank you for confirming the desired impersonal approach.
If this answer (specifically the bit about [[Category: Victoria Cross]]) isn't quite the answer you're looking for, I do suggest you edit your original question headline and text to spell out "Victoria Cross". While it is indeed a prestigious honor, only some people (especially Brits, of course!) are going to immediately understand that VC = Victoria Cross. Please remember that we are a global community here on WikiTree.

Good luck!
You might also look to see if this would be an accurate category for his unit:
And one more:

If you're aware of any other decorations he received, you might check this list and see if any are applicable. You might be able to add a few more categories to his profile from here.

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