Saturday, January 15, 2011


Recently convicted sex murderer ex-Col. R. Williams is a disgrace to the Canadian Air Force. The official act of burning his uniforms is quite understandable, and without historical precedent. Revocation of medals and decorations is another matter entirely. In the past, there were several incidences of even the Victoria Cross being revoked. That practice was discontinued after the famous case of Pte. James Collis, who had been awarded the VC during the Second Afghan War. His medal was revoked a few years later, because of his conviction for bigamy. When Collis died in 1918, his sister wrote to King George V, pleading for restoration of her brother’s medal. The King was so touched, he intervened to have the medal award restored to Collis, strongly expressing his Royal opinion that: “No matter the crime committed by anyone on whom the VC has been conferred, the decoration should not be forfeited. Even were a VC recipient to be sentenced to be hanged for murder, he should be allowed to wear his medal on the scaffold.”

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