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Graves of Victoria Cross Recipients

The Victoria Cross is the highest military decoration 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 taked precedence over all other orders, decorations and medals. It may be awarded to a person of any rank in any service and to civilians under military command.
The Victoria Cross was introduced on 29 january 1856 by Queen Victoria to honour acts of valour during the Crimean War. Since then, the medal had been awarded some 1360 times. Since the Second World War only 13 medals have been awarded till now (october 2012).
Only three people have been awarded the Victoria Cross and Bar, the bar representing a second award of the Victoria Cross. They are: Noel Chavasse and Arthur Martin-Leake, both doctors in the Royal Army Medical Corps and Charles Upham, an infantryman, for combat actions.