The Lille V.C. that never was
"For Valour": a Victoria Cross
SOE agent Captain Michael Alfred Raymond Trotobas died as he lived - as a hero. Although his name was put forward for a Victoria Cross, without the presence of a senior officer to witness his gallantry, the award was refused. He died fighting off the Germans who stormed his 'safe house' at Lille, northern France.
Because of strictly adhered requirements of the Victoria Cross warrant many gallant men and women have not been awarded that honour. Captain Michael Trotobas, head of the 'Sylvestre Farmer' resistance network in the Lille district of northern France was one of them.
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