Watch a film about overseas WW1 VC recipients
It is important to remember that the First World War was a global war. To uphold the freedoms we enjoy today sacrifices were made not just by Britain but by millions of people across the world, and from every background. In 2014 the Foreign and Commonwealth Office launched a campaign to pay tribute to the 175 men from 11 overseas countries who were awarded the Victoria Cross.
In June 2014, to show Britain’s gratitude, bronze memorial plaques, engraved with their names were presented to their home countries. The final stage of the campaign brings the names on those plaques to life, and brings their stories onto one dedicated site. We hope that through this archive people from all over the world, and from all generations will be inspired to carry out further research on these remarkable men, and the crucial role played by other countries during the First World War.