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The Ipswich VC

Sergeant Arthur Frederick Saunders of the 9th Battalion of the Suffolk Regiment was the first soldier from the town of Ipswich to win a Victoria Cross during the Great War. This was also  the first Victoria Cross to be awarded in the Suffolk Regiment during the Great War.

He won the Victoria Cross on the 26th September 1915 near to the town of Loos in France.

(Thanks to Taff Gillingham for this image)

This is a photo of Sgt Saunders' actual Victoria Cross - which is held in the Suffolk Regiment Museum at Bury St. Edmunds. The VC, due to security issues, is held in a safe and is not on general display to the public.

(This museum is only open during the morning of the first Wednesday in every month 9.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. and first Sunday of each month Apr-Sep, 9.30a.m. to 3.30p.m. - so do check with then before you start your journey!)

 

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