Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Canadian Museum of War Finally Has Victoria Cross Medals

(Source: Photo taken by Gabriel Hurley (Munchkinguy) on 11 November, 2011). 

Valour Road (a west-end street in Winnipeg, Manitoba) was originally known as Pine Street, and three men from the 700 block of the street—Corporal Leo Clarke, Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall, and Lieutenant Robert Shankland—all received Victoria Cross Medals as a result of the First World War.

Recently, the Canadian War Museum received all three medals, and they are on display at the museum. They will be on loan to Manitoba in 2014 when Canada commemorates the 100th  Anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.

The Valour Road Website gives a short history of Valour Road.

Valour Road Victoria Cross Medals Find New Home at War Museum - The online edition of the Winnipeg Free Press reports that the collection was completed with the recent acquisition of the medal awarded in 1915 to Company Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall.

War Brides of the First World War - Annette Fulford has a very good blog on the Canadian War Brides of the First World War at As she says, “This web page was created to promote and preserve the history of the war brides who made Canada their home during this era”.

By reading the information, I learned where many English women came to Canada after the First World War, which I never knew about before seeing this website.

Question of the Day: In what year was the name of Valour Road given to Pine Street in Winnipeg? Send your answer to Elizabeth at by midnight, Eastern Standard Time. Please put “booklet” in the title, and remember to submit your full name and postal address. A winner will be chosen by random draw from every eligible entry received.

For details on the contest and the booklet prize—a research guide on both sides of the War of 1812 entitled The War of 1812: Canada and the United States—please visit

Good luck with the draw, and happy researching!

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