Cheltenham, 1st ed., 1981. 308 pp., over 1,250 photo-ills. D.j., 25 x 19cm. Top of f.f.e.p., cut ; book bulging due to cuttings o/w Nr.FINE. Some 80 Cuttings + 4 pages of notes, 1 modern, typed letter + 3 coloured photos tipped-in throughout the book. The Victoria Cross is by far the world’s most coveted medal for bravery and at the time of publication it had been awarded to only 1,348 men, three of whom had won it twice, plus one more for the American Unknown Warrior. It is the most democratic of all medals, open to the private soldier no less than his commanding officer and the deeds for which the VC has been won are as varied as the backgrounds from which the winners have come. This was the first book to list all the 1,348 VC winners alphabetically in one volume together with details of birth, place of deed, town or county connections, memorials etc. An uncommon, definitive work made unique by some 80 relevant cuttings and a few other ephemeral items tipped-in and adding further information on the entrants mentioned.