The Centenary of the Great War is now well underway and this year we are commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, which began with the beach landings in the early hours of 25 April 1915. As part of the Western Australian Government Centenary initiatives, the Veterans portfolio has produced a booklet on our State’s Victoria Cross and George Cross recipients.
While most of Western Australia’s Victoria Crosses were awarded during the Great War, this booklet highlights all recipients from other wars, beginning with Frederick Bell in the Boer War and concluding with Benjamin Roberts-Smith in Afghanistan. Moreover, this booklet contains Western Australia’s two military George Cross recipients. While the Victoria Cross is awarded for extreme gallantry in the face of the enemy, the George Cross, open to both service personnel and civilians, was instituted to recognise extreme bravery that did not involve contact with the enemy.
In this year when we reflect on the role of our forefathers at Gallipoli, the State is proud to present this booklet to honour these courageous Western Australians.
This Gallant Company of Brave Men - WA Victoria Cross and George Cross Recipients (PDF 5.1 MB)