Victoria Cross and other medals

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Essential information

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National Maritime Museum, Second floor, Forgotten Fighters gallery

In 1919, months after the end of the First World War, Britain was officially still at war with the revolutionary regime in Russia. 

On the 18 August, Dobson led eight fast Coastal Motor Boats from a base in the Gulf of Finland on a daring raid into Kronstadt Harbour where they sank two Bolshevik battleships and a submarine depot ship. For gallantry on the 'Scooter Raid' as it was called, Commander Dobson and one of his Lieutenants – Gordon Steele – were both awarded the Victoria Cross. 

Rear Admiral Dobson was born in 1885 and entered the Royal Navy in 1899 and served until his retirement in 1935. He was promoted Rear Admiral on the retired list in 1936 and died in 1940. 

The medal comprises a bronze Maltese Cross fitted with a loop, ring and a crimson ribbon suspended from a bar of ornamental laurel leaves by a V. In the centre of the obverse face is a Royal Crown surmounted by a lion, crowned passant, guardant, both within a ribbon, together with the inscription, ‘FOR VALOUR’. The reverse is inscribed, ‘COMDR C.C.DOBSON DSO ROYAL NAVY.’, along with the date ‘18 AUG 1919’. It is mounted on a bar with five others: the Distinguished Service Order, 1914–15 Star, British War Medal 1914–18, Victory Medal (with oak leaf for Mention in Despatches), and the Coronation Medal 1937.