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Family stages last ditch effort to keep historic Victoria Cross in Canada
David Corey is in the final battle in Canada for the VC of the hero of World War II.
Corey\'s venture capital, the Commonwealth\'s highest value in the face of enemies, was acquired at an auction in London in September for $550,000.
The war museum failed to bid for a medal, one of the 12 venture capitalists awarded during World War II to Canadians serving in Canadian Forces, and the only one in D-
A Day in Normandy
However, the museum has successfully won the Victoria Cross, which was won by Lt. -Col.
Hawkes stracan of Fort Garry.
The museum announced this week that it had purchased Strachan\'s medal, which he received in November for an operation on the Western Front. 20, 1917.
The medals were purchased with the support of the Museum National Collection Fund, the mobile cultural property project of the Canadian Heritage department and two private donors --
Brian Hastings and Robert Williams
Both of them were honorary Colonel Gary Marburg.
The museum won\'t say how much it paid for the medal, which became 36 VCs in the museum\'s collection.
Strachan got his VC for charging through machine leader Calvary-
Shooting with a gun captured 15 prisoners.
Strachan died on May 1982 at the age of 97.
\"Medals like this allow us to share the extraordinary achievements of Canadians in a highly personal way,\" Canadian Heritage Minister Melani Jolly said in a statement . \".
\"We are pleased that the War Museum has won the Strachan Victoria Cross medal, which allows Canadians to use it for generations to come.
At the same time, Currie\'s venture capital company remained in the Kemptville bank\'s safe when the new owner applied for an export permit.
As it is considered \"to have a prominent cultural significance\", the new owner needs to be approved by the Canadian Council for the review of cultural property in order to bring it out of Canada.
The board will review the sales on January and can set the time between two to six months for Canadian buyers to make \"fair cash quotes\" to new foreign owners.
Corey\'s widow sold his medal to a private collector in Canada after his death in 1986.
Collectors have auctioned it this year.
In a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, the Curry family pleaded for the medal to remain in Canada.
Corey\'s widow Isabel, 105, lives in a nursing home in Ottawa.
David, his son, lives in England. C.
So did his granddaughter, Brenda.
David Curry, his grandson, lives in Hamilton.
\"The government still has a last chance to buy medals from new owners at fair and acceptable prices,\" the letter said . \".
\"In the Army, I think this will be called the last level \'.
Please take this position and make sure we don\'t lose any more part of Canada\'s history.
After the war, Curry served as a sergeant. at-
Weapons of the House of Commons.
At the same time, another Canadian venture capital company will hold an auction in London on December. 5. Cpl.
Colin Barron was awarded a venture capital in the battle of November 1917.
It is expected to be sold for $250,000.