Victoria Cross awards 1856-1913

VC Statistics

As a follow on to my last post, here is the break down of VCs award between 1856 and 1913.

Conflict Number of VCs

  • Crimean War (1854–1856) 111
  • Persian War (1856–1857) 3
  • Indian Mutiny (1857–1859) 182
  • Taranaki Maori War, New Zealand (1860–1861) 2
  • Third China War (1860–1862) 7
  • Umbeyla Campaign (1863) 2
  • Shimonoseki Expedition, Japan (1864) 3
  • T’ai P’ing Rebellion (1851–1864) 1
  • Bhutan War (1864–1865) 2
  • Canada (special) (1866) 1
  • The Gambia (1866) 1
  • Waikato-Hauhau Maori War, New Zealand (1863–1866) 13
  • Andaman Islands Expedition (1867) 5
  • Abyssinia Expedition (1867–1868) 2
  • Looshai Expedition, India (1872) 1
  • First Ashanti Expedition (1873–1874) 4
  • Malaya (1875–1876) 1
  • Baluchistan (1877) 1
  • Ninth Cape Frontier War (1877–1878) 1
  • Zulu War (1879) 23
  • Second Afghan War (1878–1880) 16
  • Second Naga Hills Expedition (1879–1880) 1
  • First Boer War (1880–1881) 6
  • Basuto War (1879–1882) 6
  • Occupation of Egypt (1882) 3
  • Sudan (1881–1885) 4
  • Chin Field Force, Burma (1889) 1
  • Karen-Ni Expedition, Burma (1888–1889) 1
  • Hunza-Naga Campaign, India (1891) 3
  • Manipur Expedition, India (1891) 1
  • The Gambia (2nd) (1892) 1
  • Kachin Hills Expedition, Burma (1892–1893) 1
  • North West Frontier, India (1895) 1
  • Matabeleland Rebellion, Rhodesia (1896) 2
  • Mashona Rebellion, Rhodesia (1896–1897) 1
  • Crete (1898) 1
  • Malakand Frontier War, India (1897–1898) 1
  • Mohmand Campaign, India (1897–1898) 3
  • Tirah Campaign, India (1897–1898) 7
  • Boxer Rising, China (1900) 2
  • Sudan Campaign (1896–1900) 6
  • Third Ashanti Expedition (1900–1901) 2
  • Second Somaliland Expedition (1902) 1
  • South African War (Boer War) (1899–1902) 78
  • Kano-Sokoto Expedition, Nigeria (1903) 1
  • Third Somaliland Expedition (1902–1903) 3
  • Armed Mission to Tibet (1903–1904) 1
  • Fourth Somaliland Expedition (1903–1905) 2

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Victoria_Cross_recipients_by_campaign

(Though taken from Wikipedia, this data is based on the excellent research of Mike Chapman)

5 Responses to “Victoria Cross awards 1856-1913”

  1. Gavin Robinson Says:

    Do you have any figures for how many potentially eligible soldiers served in each war? And how do the award figures for the Crimean War break down? Are they all for the campaign in the Crimea or do they represent other theatres? Are they mostly for the big battles like Balaklava and Inkerman, or were some won during the less glamourous siege fighting?

  2. breathinghistory Says:

    Gavin
    This question is very telling:
    Do you have any figures for how many potentially eligible soldiers served in each war?
    The figure that matters is not the number of VC medals, but the number of VC medals in relationship to those eligible to be awarded the medal. This is a very difficult figure to determine. The calculation I have most recently started using is the VC to causality ratio. Yet even this is open to debate and is only comparable between similar conflicts. The actual figure I would like to publish is the number of VC applications rejected, but of course these are impossible to obtain.
    Gary

  3. breathinghistory Says:

    Gavin,

    I will write a seperate post about VCs in Crimea.

    Gary

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