The 29th Biennial Reunion of the Association was attended by 21 members and four widows of VC and GC recipients. The images above give a flavour of the week and much thanks is due to their President, HRH The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and the De L'Isle family who hosted a wonderful visit to their home, Penshurst Place. Read more
The VC and GC Association Biennial Reunion is due to take place in London between the 9th and 13 th of May. A number of key events will take place to mark the occasion, including a President's Tea Party at St James' Palace, an Official Reunion Dinner at the Union Jack Club and a Remembrance Service. Read more
The VC and GC Association have officially launched the new and improved website (vcgca.org). The website's aim is to inform and educate the public on both the Victoria Cross and George Cross, whilst also acting as a central source of information on all past and present holders. In future, the website will allow access to the Association’s huge archive of historical records on former members. Read more
Jim Beaton GC CVO JP was born in St. Fergus, Aberdeenshire, on 16 February 1943. He was educated at Peterhead Academy and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1962. After service at Notting Hill, Harrow Road and Wembley, where he was station sergeant he was appointed a Royal Protection officer in 'A' Division in 1973. At the time of his GC Action, Jim was an Inspector serving as Police Officer to the Princess Royal, a post he remained in until 1979. He was appointed LVO in 1987 and advanced to CVO in 1992. After retirement from the Police service with the rank of Chief Superintendent in 1992 he worked as a Head of Security with Elf Oil in Aberdeen. Jim retired in 2000 and moved near his two daughters and grandchildren. He served as a Justice of the Peace and enjoys golf and an out-door life. Jim served as Chairman of the Association from 2003 to 2014.
Johnson Beharry was born on 26th July 1979 in Grenada. He moved to the UK twenty years later and joined the British Army. He is still serving and is much in demand for public appearances as well as helping to motivate young people, particularly from underprivileged backgrounds. Johnson is in the process of launching his own Charitable Foundation which will concentrate on helping underprivileged urban youth in the UK and Grenada, particularly those involved in gang-crime. Lives in London with his wife and son.
Born on 2nd April 1979 and brought up in New South Wales, Mark Donaldson joined The Royal Australian Regiment of the Royal Australian Infantry Corps in 2002 and was enlisted in the SASR in 2004. He was the first Australian to receive the Victoria Cross for Australia. Mark is still serving in the SASR and lives in Western Australia with his wife, Emma, and their two children. He was voted Young Australian of the Year in 2010, and became Patron in Chief of the Australian charity Soldier On in 2012. Mark undertakes many public engagements on behalf of the Army and also spend time working with and inspiring young people.
Born and brought up in Altrincham, Cheshire Bill Speakman VC enlisted in the Black Watch in 1945. He served in Germany, Italy and Hong Kong before volunteering for Korea when he was attached to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 1951 and subsequently transferred to that regiment. Although wounded in his VC action and repatriated to the UK he volunteered and returned to Korea in 1952. He served in with the Malayan Scouts in 1955 and then rejoined the KOSB and served in Aden and the Radfan, Saudi Arabia and Brunei before being posted to Germany in 1968 and left the Army. He worked as a Master-at-Arms on mail ships before settling in South Africa and working for a Security company in Cape Province and Natal. By 1983 he was Deputy Chief Security Officer, Divisional Council of the Cape Province and retired in 1993 to the UK. He has six children and many grandchildren. In 2004 he was given the Freedom of Altrincham and was President of the Altrincham and Bowden Civic Society as well as being a staunch supporter of the Royal British Legion and the Korean Veterans’ Association. He has visited South Korea twice in the last year and ben awarded their highest honour of which he is very proud.
Peter Norton GC was born on 10th December 1962 in Edmonton, London. He joined the Army in January 1983, qualifying as an Ammunition Technician in 1984. In November 1998 he promoted to WO1 (SSM) and in May 2002 he was appointed WO1 Conductor RLC. Shortly thereafter, in July 2002, he received a late-entry commission into the RLC, in the rank of Captain, as an Ammunition Technical Officer. Following an initial appointment managing air-to-ground weapons systems he assumed, in 2004, the role of second-in-command of 721 EOD Squadron, 11 EOD Regiment RLC. He later deployed to Baghdad as the Deputy Commander of the Combined Explosive Exploitation Cell where, on 24 July 2005, his GC action took place. Pete spent two years recovering from his very severe injuries and returned to work in July 2007 at the Defence Academy of the UK where he read for an MSc in Explosive Ordnance Engineering. He remained at the Defence Academy as a lecturer, promoting to Major in 2008, eventually retiring from the Army in 2013. Pete succeeded Jim Beaton GC as the Chairman of the VC and GC Association in October 2014.
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March 24th, 2006
About the VC and GC Association
The Association represents all living holders of the Victoria Cross and its equivalent the George Cross, which is awarded to civilians and military personnel. Upon creation, the founders set out three aims of the Association:
To establish a central focus and headquarters in London for Victoria Cross holders from all over the world, and to provide a centre where holders could meet and communicate.
To cement the brotherhood of holders of the Victoria Cross throughout the Commonwealth and thereby, through their own unity and strength, make some contribution towards the maintenance of world peace.
To give such help and guidance to one another as might be possible from time to time.