21 September 2006 - Victoria Cross Miniature sheet
The 150th anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdom's highest award for gallantry, is celebrated with a set of 6 stamps and a miniature sheet
The recipients of the Victoria Cross shown on the stamps are:
1st class - Agansing Rai, a Gurkha who was awarded the VC in an action against the elite Japanese 33rd Division in Burma in 1944;
1st class - Boy Seaman First Class, Jack Cornwell ('The Boy VC') who was mortally wounded at his post at the Battle of Jutland;
64p - Midshipman Charles Lucas who won the very first VC for hurling a live shell over the side of his ship, during the Crimean War;
64p - Captain Noel Chavasse, a Royal Army Medical Corps Doctor who won two VCs and lost his life tending the wounded under fire on the Western Front in 1917;
72p - Captain Albert Ball of the Royal Flying Corps, an aviator who claimed 44 kills before his untimely death in 1917;
72p - Captain Charles Upham, a New Zealander who was awarded his first VC fighting German paratroopers in Crete and his second in the North African desert before being captured and eventually confined to Colditz.
The Miniature sheet (190 x 67mm) also includes the 20p Victoria Cross stamp from the 1990 Gallantry series.