Sorry to pop in here with an Off Topic but people had expressed an
interest in the situation with Fred Tophams Victoria Cross.
TORONTO (CP) -- With a handshake and a $300,000 cheque, Cpl. Fred
Victoria Cross became part of the Canadian War Museum.
The low-key handover Monday belied the hundreds of volunteer hours
and more than 2,000 donations from across the country that went
keeping the precious medal in Canada.
''Their contributions have made it possible that a Canadian hero has
become known across the country,'' said Jan De Vries, president of the
Canadian Parachute Association.
Executors of the estate of Topham's late widow wanted $300,000 to
keep the VC in Canada and not auctioned in Britain.
Topham's service medals and Victoria Cross will be placed in the
permanent custody of the Canadian War Museum.
Only 95 Canadians have ever won the VC, and only 16 were awarded in
the Second World War. Topham, a medic with the 1st Paras, was awarded
Rhine Crossing drop on March 24, 1945 -- the second-last Canadian to
On that day, Topham kept going into the battle area under fire to
bring out the wounded, even after he was shot in the face. When
ordered behind the lines for treatment, the paratrooper dashed into a
burning armoured personnel carrier to rescue another three men.
''Topham was singled out as an example of bravery, but there were
tens of thousands of other soldiers who did the same,'' said Lt.-Col.
Fotheringham, former commanding officer of the Queen's Own Rifles, who
helped lead the fundraising campaign.
''I just thought it was important that we keep (the VC) here so that
we can keep his memory alive and also remind Canadians of the
these guys made.''