The first Canadian to get the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest award for bravery, was a Nova Scotia born son of former American slaves. He participated in the battle of Lucknow, India in 1857, and with disregard for his own safety, volunteered to help breach the wall of the city, relieving the siege. The stamp, according to the Toronto Sun, will be available on Feb 1st, 2010.

Canadian Hall Stamp

British and Australian soldiers buried in a mass grave in Fromelles, France in WW1 are being recovered from mass graves found recently. In a recent story on CNN World, about 250 bodies will be reburied after attempts at identification with dna. About 2300 British and Australian troops were mown down by German machine guns when ordered to attack the German trenches on July 19th, 1916.

British war dead reburied