On August 6, The Manitoba Museum unveiled a new exhibit featuring the original Victoria Cross medals awarded almost 100 years ago to three Winnipeg soldiers who served in the First World War. The medals were awarded to Corporal Leo Clarke, Sergeant-Major Frederick William Hall, and Lieutenant Robert Shankland, who, at the time of their enlistment, had all resided in the same block of Pine Street in the west end of Winnipeg. In honour of the accomplishments of these Pine Street soldiers, a phenomena that was unique to Canada, Pine Street was renamed Valour Road in the 1920’s.
The Victoria Crosses and the other medals awarded to Clarke, Hall and Shankland will be on display at The Manitoba Museum from August 6, one hundred years since the declaration of war, until the end of Remembrance Week, the November, 14, 2014. The exhibit is located in the Museum’s foyer and there is no charge.