The Victoria Cross was introduced in 1856 by Queen Victoria. It was awarded for “… most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-
Two members of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment have received this highest honour: Private John Chipman Kerr, and Private Cecil John Kinross.
Private John Kerr, VC
16 September 1916
“Who at Courcellete, France, on the 16th day of September 1916 during a bombing attack, while acting as first bayonet man, he knew that bombs were running short and while the enemy were resisting vigorously –
Private Cecil Kinross, VC
30 October 1917
“For his remarkable bravery and gallantry in action during operations from the night October 28/29th to night 31/1st November in which the Battalion carried out an attack on the German Line in the vicinity of Passchendaele Ridge on the morning of October 30th, shortly after the attack launched, his company came under intense artillery fire and their further advance was held up by a murderous fire from an enemy machine gun firing from directly in front of them. Private Kinross, making a careful survey of the situation, deliberatley divested himself of all of his personal equipment save his rifle and bandolier, and, regardless of his personal safety advanced alone open ground in broad daylight, charged the enemy machine gun and crew of six, killing every member and seized and destroyed the gun. His superb example and courage instilled the greatest confidence in his company and enabled a further advance of 300 yards to be made and a highly important position established. Private Kinross throughout the day after most of his officers and NCO’s had been killed, showed marvelous coolness and courage, fighting with the utmost aggressiveness against heavy odds until seriously wounded.”