Rewarding the brave

Rewarding the brave

Throughout the war, the government pursued ways to celebrate and exemplify the loyalty and bravery of selected individuals. It recognised its obligations to its volunteer forces, and even those servicemen whose record was less than distinguished were feted after the Armistice. Of particular importance was recognition of the efforts of private individuals who acted unofficially and in sympathy with the soldiers. The system of rewards was nonetheless allied with political imperatives. The celebration of Australia's Victoria Cross recipients was intended to encourage recruitment in the final months of the war. At the time, Australian achievement was nationally recognised by the imperial honours system.