Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Gordon Flowerdew, VC.

Two days ago I wrote about Gordon Flowerdew and the question of his promotion to Captain on the day he died. The promotion would presumably have been to an "acting" rank, by Brigadier-general Seely, as a recognition to a dying man. But if so, the headstone has it right.
Note that, like those of other recipients of the Victoria Cross, the image of the award is engraved on the stone itself.

Flowerdew of course was not alone; his headstone is one of many at Namps-au-Val British Cemetary.Photos courtesy of John Boileau, author and former Commanding Officer of Lord Strathcona's Horse (Royal Canadians).

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