Monuments to Courage

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Monuments to Courage: Victoria Cross Monuments and Headstones is a two-volume book by David Harvey on the last resting places of 1,322 of the 1,350 recipients of the Victoria Cross. The book features an introduction by HRH Princess Alexandra and a foreword by Australian VC recipient Sir Arthur Roden Cutler.

Each entry gives the date of birth, date of action and brief details of the Victoria Cross action, date of death, and place of burial or cremation where applicable. Where possible, photographs of the individual, his grave, and any memorial were included. Excluding the recent Iraq war recipient (Johnson Beharry), 28 Victoria Cross recipients were still alive at the time the book went to press, altbough several have since died.

The research for this work took Harvey 36 years of travelling to 48 countries in his search for unknown graves. His interest in the topic was awakened in the early 1960s when he assisted William Lummis into his researches into Victoria Cross recipients.[1]

Harvey died in 2004, aged 57, following the long-term effects of an accident that resulted in him becoming a wheelchair-user. He received notable obituaries in The Daily Telegraph and The Independent.


  • Harvey, David (1999). Monuments to Courage : Victoria Cross Headstones and Memorials. Vol.1, 1854–1916. Kevin & Kay Patience. OCLC 59437297. 
  • Harvey, David (1999). Monuments to Courage : Victoria Cross Headstones and Memorials. Vol.2, 1917–1982. Kevin & Kay Patience. OCLC 59437300. 
  • Monuments to Courage. Victoria Cross Headstones & Memorials. Naval & Military Press. 2000. ISBN 1843423561. 


  1. ^ Harvey, David (1999). Monuments to Courage: Victoria Cross Headstones and Memorials. Vol. 1, 1854–1916

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