Charles Hazlitt Upham (1908 – 1994)

Charles Hazlitt Upham (1908 – 1994)    Died of old age    Place of Death: Christchurch * The most highly decorated Commonwealth soldier of WWII. * Was awarded two Victoria Crosses, first in 1941 and then in 1945. * He is the only combat soldier to have received a Victoria Cross. * He was the only soldier …

Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham (1908 – 1994)

On 26th August 1945, Captain Charles Hazlitt Upham became the only WWII soldier to receive a second Victoria Cross for his military service – the highest award for gallantry in the face of war. It was so unusual that it caused King George VI to ask Major-General Howard Kippenberger if Upham truly deserved it. Kippenberger …