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By Melvin Charles Smith (auth.)

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69 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The peer-elective principle was intended to serve to both defuse the resentment soldiers might feel at not getting a decoration and to discourage commanding officers from recommending every man in the company or regiment in situations where an entire unit performed bravely. 70 Although Albert and Victoria at this point appear to have gotten behind the idea of a new gallantry award, going so far as authorizing approval of a public announcement of the intent to create a ‘Cross of Military Merit,’ political circumstances put the issue on the back burner for almost a year.

The grandfather of all of these hoary heroes was a Frenchman, Monsieur le Baron Despiaux. 6 The reply to McDowell was typical, concise and leaving no room for argument: I am directed by Lord Panmure to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 22nd instant, forwarding a statement of the grounds on which you consider yourself entitled to the Victoria Cross for your services during the American War, and I am to acquaint you in reply that it is not intended that the grant of this decoration shall extend to deeds of gallantry performed prior to the commencement of the present war.

Felt himself deserving for services rendered ‘during the American War’ (we can only hope he meant 1812). The grandfather of all of these hoary heroes was a Frenchman, Monsieur le Baron Despiaux. 6 The reply to McDowell was typical, concise and leaving no room for argument: I am directed by Lord Panmure to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 22nd instant, forwarding a statement of the grounds on which you consider yourself entitled to the Victoria Cross for your services during the American War, and I am to acquaint you in reply that it is not intended that the grant of this decoration shall extend to deeds of gallantry performed prior to the commencement of the present war.

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