Thursday, April 03, 2008

Order of Industrial Heroism
The Workers V.C

The 'Daily Herald' instituted the Order of Industrial Heroism in 1923 to recognise the ‘deeds of valour' of those workers who had saved their fellow workers from danger or death and became known as the "Workers' V.C.". Many of the 440 awards were posthumous.

The award helped focus attention on workplace hazards. The award continued to be presented until 1964 when the Daily Herald closed to be replaced by the 'Sun'.

The medal for the Order of Industrial Heroism was designed by the sculptor, Eric Gill (of the type face fame) born Brighton 22.2.1882 died 17.11.1940 Uxbridge), who chose the image of St Christopher bearing the Christ Child for his main theme.