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Currie Victoria Cross stays in Canada

Museum officials thank the "many Canadians" who came forward to support the effort to save a key piece of Canadian history.
Lieutenant-Colonel David Vivian Currie Medal Set. VC at far left. (supplied, Canadian War Museum)

OTTAWA--The Currie Victoria Cross will stay in Canada.

The Canadian War Museum announced Tuesday it acquired the medal, which has been purchased by a private UK collector at an auction last fall for $660,000.

The museum had put forward an unsuccessful bid for the medal which was one of a collection of Currie's medals.

The Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board deemed the medal of outstanding significance and national importance and imposed an export delay of six-months, which allowed the museum to pull together funds to purchase the medal set.

Lieutenant-Colonel David Vivian Currie of the South Alberta Regiment, was awarded the Victoria Cross for his leadership and bravery in the a 36-hour battle at Saint-Lambert-sur-Dives in 19944, that helped the Allies close the Falaise Gap.

The Victoria Cross is the Commonwealth's highest honour for military valour.

Sixteen were awarded to Canadians who served during the Second World War.

In a news release, the museum acknowledged the generous contributions of the Brownlee Family Foundation, as well as the following honorary members of the North Saskatchewan Regiment and their families: Heather Ryan and L. David Dube, Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel; Sandra Howe and Dallas Howe, Honorary Colonel; Sandra Stromberg and Robert Stromberg, former Honorary Colonel.

The Canadian War Museum has the Currie, Barron, and Strachan Victoria Crosses on display until May 29, 2018.

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