Pro Valore: Canada's Victoria Cross

This book tells the story of Canada's Victoria Cross: its history, how it's made and the military members who were awarded it for acts of valour.

Pro Valore: Canada's Victoria Cross

  • Date of publication: May 8, 2008
  • Publisher: Department of National Defense
  • Author: Ken Reynolds


Welcome to this revised edition of Pro Valore: Canada’s Victoria Cross, a brief examination of the creation of the new Victoria Cross and the history of this decoration within the Canadian military. Response to the original edition was so favourable that we decided to issue a revised, slightly longer edition of the booklet.

The Victoria Cross, as the highest decoration for military valour in the Canadian military experience, has a long and illustrious history. Whether the subject is the eighty-one British Victoria Crosses awarded to members of the Canadian military or the creation and production of the nationalized Victoria Cross, there are many fascinating aspects to the subject.

This booklet is intricately connected to additional material found on the website of the Directorate of History and Heritage including the full citations for each award from the London Gazette for each recipient as well as images and biographical material for each recipient. The electronic version of the booklet itself is also located on our website.


Serge Bernier, CD, PhD
Director of History and Heritage.

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II

For more information, contact:

Directorate of History and Heritage
National Defence Headquarters
101 Colonel By Dr
Ottawa ON  K1A 0K2
(fax) 1-613-990-8579

Directorate of Honours and Recognition
National Defence Headquarters
101 Colonel By Dr
Ottawa ON  K1A 0K2

The Chancellery of Honours
Office of the Secretary to the Governor General
Rideau Hall
1 Sussex Dr
Ottawa ON  K1A 0A1

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