Grand Cross of Valour


Grand Cross of Valour

The Grand Cross of Valour was Rhodesia's highest military decoration, awarded for conspicuous valour by members of the Security Forces in combat.

Institution

The award was instituted in 1970 by Presidential Warrant, the first award being made in 1978. The second and final award was made in June 1980.

Medal

The medal was a 9ct gold cross with an enamelled roundel in the centre bearing a lion's head, suspended by a V-shaped suspender from a scarlet ribbon woven with a central green stripe edged in white, with a gold stripe between the red and white. The medal was impressed in small capitals with the recipient's name on the reverse, and was awarded with a case of issue, miniature medal for wear, and an illuminated certificate.

Recipients

Just two awards of the Grand Cross of Valour were made ["Rhodesia Medal Roll", p16] . The first recipient was Acting Captain C . F. Schulenberg, S.C.R. of the Selous Scouts. Following majority rule in 1980, the Grand Cross of Valour was awarded to Major Grahame Wilson, S.C.R., B.C.R., second-in-command of the Rhodesian SAS, and Rhodesia's most highly-decorated soldier ["SAS Rhodesia", p283] . Recipients were entitled to the post-nominal letters G.C.V.

Zimbabwe

The Grand Cross of Valour was superseded in October 1980 ["Zimbabwe Government Statutory Instrument No. 677 of 1981", 14 September 1981.] by the Gold Cross of Zimbabwe, which is awarded for conspicuous bravery in perilous conditions, but which is open for award to civilians as well as military personnel.

ee also

[http://www.medals.org.uk/zimbabwe/zimbabwe.htm Orders, Medals and Decorations of Zimbabwe]

References

*Pittaway, J, and Fourie, C., 2003. "SAS Rhodesia", [http://www.dandy.co.za/ Dandy Agencies] , South Africa. ISBN 0-620-29347-0
*Saffery, D., 2006. "The Rhodesia Medal Roll", [http://www.jeppestown.com Jeppestown Press] , United Kingdom. ISBN 0-9553936-0-4


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