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November 07, 2004

Fred Topham's VC

Gord Gosse has asked me to post the following. It is a good cause, do what you can to help out...

Come on guys. There's a VC for sale that we should take an interest in. Fred Topham's VC is going on the block by his "estate" (read for those whose only interest is money) for 275K. If we don't raise sufficient funds to purchase this and leave it with the National Museum, it will end up in the hands of an offshore interest. As one of the last VC's presented to a Canadian we should do our best to make sure it stays in Canada. We, the Airborne, have been kicked from ******* to kettle for years by the public and the politicans. Surely the least we can do is spit in the face of these people and say "This is one piece of Airborne History you won't get you hands on or won't spoil". If all the guys who served with the Airborne gave 20 or 30 dollars we could keep the medal in our own Country and prove to those that we care about our heritage. Get in contact with the Airborne Social Club in Edmonton or the QOR of C in Toronto to find our how you can donate. Come on let's give the *******s one final shove out the door!!!

Posted by Rob at November 7, 2004 10:58 AM

I could not agree more. Our history is at stake, we have to stand together, as we were trained to do, to keep the most precious of momentos a soldier could have in its rightful place. Of all the factors that contribute to success in battle the spirit of the warrior is the most decisive. Fred Topham exemplified these words and his legacy should stand for all Canadians to see.

Wayne Cole (CAR 1989-1992)

Posted by: Wayne Cole on November 10, 2004 01:23 PM

I spoke to the wife and will be sending a check although I have no association with the Airborne. I do find it my duty as a Canadian to help if I can and encourage others to as well.

It would be nice if the QOR page had a weekly or daily update of money collected (Thermometer style or something) to help motivate others to donate when they see how short they are and to show people who contributed that they are making a difference.

Maybe that tip can be passed to Mr. Gosse some how??


Posted by: Extoon on November 12, 2004 07:52 AM

current serving member with the 3rd battalion RCR. just to inform you we too are collecting money within the battalion. wondering if this is a common goal amungst us. that is to say is the money raised between us going to be combined to buy back the VC a Canadian Paratrooper earned. (ironic). Either way, let's keep what is ours, ours.


Posted by: pte jumper on November 22, 2004 10:04 PM


I wish we could give regular progress updates but we are a small (very determined) group and the majority of us are working full time jobs in addition to fundraising. I have taken a break from logging donations to post this message. The Chairman hopes to post another update this week at, please keep your eye on that website. As always, Jan de Vries (1 Can Para) will be trying to spread the word through the media.

The donations keep coming in from near (Canada) and far (Afghanistan - Op Athena), and we are confident that the VC will remain in Canada.

Please do keep spreading the word, we need all the help we can get.

To donate:

Cheques or money orders should be made out to:
1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Museum Trust (short form - 1st Can Para Bn Museum Trust)

Mail to:
The Cpl. Fred Topham VC Fundraising Project
c/o The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada
130 Queen Street, East
Toronto ON M5A 1R9.

Tax receipts will be issued for donations over $ 20.00, we will start issuing receipts shortly.


Kim Mathieson
The Cpl Fred Topham VC Fundraising Project

Posted by: Kim Mathieson - Volunteer Treasurer, Cpl Fred Topham VC Fundraising Project on November 23, 2004 07:34 PM

You are invited to join Councillor Janet Davis and MPP Michael Prue at a Fundraising Event in the Topham Community to Save the Victoria Cross

Date/Time: Sunday, December 5, 2004 at 1:30 p.m.
Location: Topham Park Clubhouse

Join in the effort to keep Cpl. Fred Topham's Victoria Cross in Canada.

Meet Councillor Davis, MPP Michael Prue, Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher, Legion representatives, and community leaders.

Donate to the Cpl. Fred Topham VC Fundraising Project and protect a piece of Canadian history.

Community supporters include:
- Legion Branch 345
- Legion Branch 22
- Legion Branch 10
- Legion Branch 11
- Trustee Sheila Cary-Meagher
- Topham Park Ratepayers Association
- Topham Park Baseball

For more information about this event, contact Councillor Janet Davis at
416-392-4035, by e-mail at, or visit

To Make a Donation

All donations to keep Cpl. Fred Topham's Victoria Cross in Canada will be sent to the Cpl. Fred Topham VC Fundraising Project, c/o The Queen's Own Rifles Canada.

You can drop off your donation on Sunday, December 5, at the Topham Park Clubhouse, or send it directly to:
The Cpl. Fred Topham VC Fundraising Project, c/o The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, 130 Queen St. E, Toronto, ON M5A 1R9

NOTE: Cheques should be made out to 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Museum Trust (1st Can Para Bn Museum Trust). A tax receipt will be issued for all donations over $20.

Posted by: Joseph Cooper on November 30, 2004 04:22 PM
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