November 19, 2018
Christopher Whan and Bryan Mullan, Global News
The Canadian War Museum announced Monday that it has acquired another Victoria Cross to add to its Hill 70 collection thanks to a donation from the Hill 70 Memorial project.
The medal, the highest honour bestowed to a combatant of a Commonwealth military organization, was awarded to Lt. Robert Hill Hanna of B Company of the 29th Infantry Battalion for “outstanding gallantry, personal courage and determined leading of his company.” The medal is the fourth that the museum has acquired. Six in total were awarded to Canadians.
The cross was acquired by the Hill 70 Memorial Project in which Cyril Woods is a founding member. Woods is a philanthropist who has worked to memorialize the battle of Hill 70 and those who served and perished in the battle, including Robert Hanna.
“It’s unbelievable and I’m very proud, ” said Cyril Woods as the medal was officially handed over to the Canadian War Museum.
Woods felt a strong connection to Hanna, which is why he came forward with an undisclosed amount of money to help purchase the medal.
“I think it’s being Irish and we come from the same county, we’re from Tyrone,” explained Woods. “All Irishmen, they have something built into us. We’re not scared; when trouble comes, if we’re loyal to our countries, we’ll fight.”