Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest article published in his bravery series for Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.
The theme of the series is Lord Ashcroft’s “hero of the month” and the August edition of the magazine has a four-page write-up on the life and courage of Warrant Officer Kim Hughes.
Hughes, a bomb disposal expert, was awarded the George Cross (GC) for gallantry during a tour of Afghanistan in 2009. He was called to a chaotic scene after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) detonated killing two people and seriously injuring four more (one of whom later died).
Without using routine safety devices in order to save time and get medical treatment for the injured men, Hughes “neutralised” seven IEDS. The citation for his GC, announced on March 18 2010, praised him for “the single most outstanding act of explosive ordnance ever recorded in Afghanistan”.
Lord Ashcroft is a military historian who had written four books on bravery over the past eight years. He has also lectured extensively on courage and his various medal collections.
His articles for the magazine are largely based on excerpts from Lord Ashcroft’s four books on gallantry: Victoria Cross Heroes, Special Forces Heroes, George Cross Heroes and Heroes of the Skies.