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23309RE: [WarOf1812] Fw: Victoria Cross

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  • Camp Chief
    Nov 2, 2004
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      Dear List

      Can anyone shed light on how this particular medal came to be offered for

      I have heard one report that it is the "family" who is offering it for sale
      at $275,000, and that another family member (presumably one without a stake
      or a say) is spurring the move to purchase it for "Canada". If this is
      true, then I think careful examination is required to ensure that the facts
      are correct and that everyone knows them before they make decisions whether
      to donate or not.

      While normally, I would be the first to say that any items like this belong
      in museums, IN Canada, I would be disparaged if it is indeed the family
      themselves that appear to be wanting to sell it "to the highest bidder".

      Can anyone shed light on how it is up for sale? Is $275,000 the "market"
      price of such an item?

      I think I would be interested in hearing some of these details before
      sending off my money.

      David Randle

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Larry Lozon [mailto:lalozon@...]
      Sent: November 2, 2004 9:52 AM
      To: Onelist WarOf1812
      Subject: [WarOf1812] Fw: Victoria Cross

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: "Lyn Downer" <lyn.downer@...>
      To: "Larry Lozon" <lalozon@...>
      Sent: Tuesday, November 02, 2004 8:26 AM
      Subject: Victoria Cross


      Perhaps you could let a few people know of the quest to keep Cpl.
      Fred Topham's VC here in Canada. It has been reported in the major
      dailies, but as reenactors we should pay particular attention to the
      potential loss of one of only 19 VC's awarded to Canadians. A challenge
      has been issued via letters to the editor in the Toronto Star to send
      even just $1. to the 1st. Canadian Parachute Battalion to help save the
      VC before Remembrance Day. The address is 1st. Canadian Parachute
      Battalion Museum Trust, The Cpl. Fred Topham VC Fundraising Project, c/o
      The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 130 Queen St. E. Toronto, Ont., M5A 1R9.
      Hopefully through the efforts of thousands of Canadians we can keep this
      treasure of military history here.

      Lest we forget,

      Lyn Downer

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