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Victoria Cross and other medals sold to Canadian War Museum for $240,000

Fears that a Victoria Cross medal belonging to a Canadian war hero would be auctioned off to a private collector were allayed when the Canadian War Museum bought it and eight other medals for $240,000.

The set of nine medals includes the Victoria Cross awarded to Lt.-Col. Robert Shankland, a member of the 43rd Infantry Battalion of the Cameron Highlanders of Canada based in Winnipeg, after he led attacks against the Germans in Passchendaele, Belgium, during the First World War.

“The story of this great Canadian and his contribution to our history deserves to be preserved in our national military museum,” Mark O’Neill, the museum’s director general, said in a release.

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