Victoria Cross Archive is the only one of its kind in Canada. The Victoria Cross Library: The Facts Behind the Men Behind the Medals was compiled by UK historian Tom Johnson and contains 1,356 books, “some very small and others very large.” It is located here at Marilyn Adams Genealogical Research Centre.
The Victoria Cross was first awarded in 1856 and is the highest military decoration which is — or has been — awarded for valour “in the face of the enemy” to members of the Armed Forces of various Commonwealth countries, and previous British Empire territories. It has been awarded to 1,359 people, most recently to Corp. Benjamin Roberts-Smith of Australia on Jan. 23, 2011.
No Canadian has been awarded the Victoria Cross since the end of the Second World War, but there are 94 Canadian recipients of the medal.