"FORCED" TO WEAR V.C.
A somewhat curious story has been in circulation in Vancouver at the exhibition of the official "death-dealing devices" collected by the Canadian army whilst operating against the Huns. The narrative, as related by a returned Canadian soldier, said it.occurred to a prairie battalion of Canada, and he vouches for the authenticity of the strange story. "Back of the lines in France, not many months ago, two men stood bareheaded.before the court-mar-tial," ho explained, "accused of an extraordinary breach of discipline. They had boon awarded the Victoria Cross, and they refused to wear the ribbon. The crime sheet related the facts — curious facts to be on a crime sheet. The prisoners had formed part of a patrol of six men who, going out into 'No Man's Land,' had met a German patrol 30 strong, and had fought it out with them. The six came back, but all were wounded. Some of the Germans stayed where they had met the patrol, and stayed there for all eternity. Some others the patrol brought back ' with them to the Canadian trenches. All six men had been recommended for the Victoria Cross; but it had been awarded to two only—the prisoners—they having been, in some undefined way, in charge of the party. Declaring that they were no more entitled to the supreme honor than the others, they had refused to wear the ribbon unless all were treated alike. There was nothing to do but find them guilty of a breach of regulations and .let them go on suspended sentence, with the threat that unless the ribbons were worn within so many hours punishment would follow. And that was the end of it. They had to wear the ribbons because it would have been insubordination - if they had not, and that would have been a very serious matter for them."
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"FORCED" TO WEAR V.C., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919
"FORCED" TO WEAR V.C. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9584, 11 April 1919
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