Deeds to Earn the VC

Today we had a talk, illustrated with slides, given by Martin Cocker, entitled “Deeds to Earn the VC. Included with the presentation were several old newspaper cuttings and photographs relating to people who had won the VC. An unusual exhibit was a life size “bronze” status of Arthur Louis Aaron VC DFM who was born in Leeds (1922) and died as a result of his wounds in Algiers in August 1943. Though severely wounded he insisted on remaining at the controls of his bomber in order to get his crew to safety. A permanent statue of Arthur Aaron is located in the centre of the roundabout at the bottom of Eastgate in Leeds.

Martin also discussed in detail the exploits of several other Airforce recipients of the VC from the Second World War. At the end of the talk our members were in no doubt that “… for most conspicuous bravery, or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice, or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.” these men had truly performed “Deeds to Earn the VC”.

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