Looking at the 5 spreadsheets (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic) which are part of the UK Government's press release I have found at least two men born in Scotland who were awarded the Victoria Cross while serving with the Canadian's.
Of concern is the number of "home towns" which are not the correct birthplace.
We even have one home town in the wrong county.
A memorial to VC recipients born in the County of Lanarkshire, Scotland was constructed in the Lanarkshire town of Hamilton, http://www.roll-of-h...nVCWinners.html as you'll read in the mini biography's of each man, 2 of them won the VC serving with the Canadian forces in WW1.
In addition folks can I draw attention to this VC memorial for the following reasons.
Photograph Copyright © Baird Ferguson 2006
1) Crucially for me it includes ALL VC recipients from the County. I find the idea of essentially ignoring the VC recipients pre and post WW1 abhorrent and an insult to their bravery. How can it be considered correct to commemorate Arthur Martin-Leake's 1914 Bar to his VC yet ignore his award of the VC from 1902?
2) The memorial covers a County, not a village/town/city, some of which may no longer exist, this removes petty arguments between villages and makes for IMHO a more impressive memorial.
3) The memorial is vertical, as I posted on another thread on the subject:
"There's a reason why most gravestones are vertical, statues stand on plinths, commemorative plaques are mounted on walls, no one wants to trample on those they seek to commemorate."
On the subject of "who should be Commemorated where"? To me the solution is simple, we are a nation blighted by committee's and quango's, will another make such a difference? Submission for the Government issue stone could be made on the basis of 3 criterea in the following order which would relate to what is now the UK:
1) On the recipients County of Birth.
2) Where it can be proved the recipients County of birth was transient e.g. parents temporarily posted abroad, on holiday etc then a usual place of residence could be substituted for criterea 1.
3) Where a family relocated while the recipient was an infant under 2 years of age to another County/Country that became their home for a minimum of the next 10 years, that County could be substituded for criterea 1.
Whatever a Commitee's decision, if it's deemed that a County has a credible claim that is deemed unsuccessful, then they should have the right to purchase a replica stone.
For those recipients who don't qualify for any of the above criterea then sadly it's upto their Countries to imitate the UK's memorial idea.
I should stress however I am against any commemoration that focuses purely on VC recipients, as I pointed out on another thread:
"To single out only those awarded the VC seems to me to belittle those who were awarded "lesser" medals, take for example Cpl Ernest Albert Corey AIF awarded the MM on 4 occasions?"
In addition, the fact that VC recipients outwith WW1 will not be commemorated is abhorrent enough if it goes ahead, but the additional fact that the commemoration of those VC recipients with no tangible connection to the current UK (I'm thinking especially Eire) maybe ignored makes it even more abhorrent, personally I'd scrap the idea.