Medals

See the May edition of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

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Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The May issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Captain Percy Herbert Cherry, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War.

Cherry was born in Murradoc, Drysdale, Victoria, Australia, and brought up in Tasmania from the age of seven. In March 1915, shortly after the outbreak of the First World War, he enlisted into the Australian Imperial Force (AIF).

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See the April edition of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By lordashcroft.com

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The April issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Wing Commander Frederick William Palmer, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War. (more…)

My online interview with Dame Vera Lynn, on the cusp of her hundredth birthday

By Lord Ashcroft

Dame Vera Lynn, the so-called “Forces’ Sweetheart” from the Second World War, is 100 years old on Monday (March 20). For nearly eight decades, she has enjoyed fame as a singer, songwriter and actress.

During the 1939-45 conflict, she toured Egypt, India and Burma for the Entertainments National Service Association (ENSA). Her most popular songs have included We’ll Meet Again, The White Cliffs of Dover and There’ll Always Be an England.

Her wartime popularity led to an astonishing career and in 2009, aged 92, she became the oldest living artist to top the UK Albums’ Chart. Her charity work has gone hand in hand with her career: she has worked with ex-servicemen, disabled children and breast cancer sufferers. (more…)

See the March edition of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By lordashcroft.com

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The March issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Commander Loftus William Jones, who was awarded the VC for outstanding bravery during the Great War. (more…)

See the February edition of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By lordashcroft.com

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The February issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Acting Flight Sergeant Thomas Mottershead, who was awarded the VC for outstanding bravery during the Great War.

Mottershead, who was born in Widnes, Lancashire, enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps in August 1914 and soon proved himself an excellent and courageous pilot. (more…)

See the January edition of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By lordashcroft.com

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The January 2017 issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Private David Ross Lauder, who was awarded the VC for outstanding courage during the Great War. (more…)

Hero of the Month by Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Britain at War in January 2017.

Private David Ross Lauder VC: sacrifice

David Ross Lauder was born in Easter Glentore, near Airdrie, Scotland, on 21 January 1894. He was the son of Angus Lauder, a tailor, and his wife Marion. Little is known of his early life but, after leaving school, he worked as a carter and he trained with the 4th Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers (Territorial Force). In February 1913, he married Dorina McGuigan, a coalminer’s daughter.

Lauder was mobilised in August 1914, aged 20, and after training with the 52nd Division as a member of the 1/4th Battalion, The Royal Scots Fusiliers, he and his comrades were dispatched for Gallipoli, Turkey. Even before they set foot on the frontline in the early summer of 1916, his battalion was involved in two major incidents. (more…)

See the December edition of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By lordashcroft.com

Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest “hero of the month” article published in Britain at War, the country’s best-selling military history monthly magazine.

The December issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Private Hubert William Lewis, who was awarded the VC for outstanding bravery during the Great War.

Lewis, who was born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, and always known as “Stokey”, joined the 11th (Service) Battalion of The Welsh Regiment, in September 1914 and was dispatched to France a year later. (more…)

Hero of the Month by Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Britain at War in December 2016.

Private Hubert William Lewis VC: skill

Hubert William Lewis was born in Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, on 1 May 1896. Always known as ‘Stokey’, he was the son of Adrian Lewis, a moulder and fitter, and his wife Sarah (née Broome). After attending Milford Haven National School, he started work in the town’s vast fish market as a packer. However, on 3 September 1914, he attended a recruitment meeting in the town and two days later he and seventy-five other volunteers from his home town set off for an adventure with (Lord) Kitchener’s New Army. Lewis was one of forty-six men to be sent to Maindy Barracks, Cardiff, the depot of The Welsh Regiment. There he joined the 11th (Service) Battalion, otherwise known as the ‘Cardiff Commercial Battalion’ or simply the ‘Cardiff Pals’. (more…)

Lord Ashcroft releases second annual follow-up report to the Veterans’ Transition Review

By lordashcroft.com

In his role as the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Veterans’ Transition, Lord Ashcroft has today published his second annual follow-up report to the Veterans’ Transition Review.

The report assesses what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations he made for improving the transition for Service Leavers to civilian life which he made in his Review, published in February 2014. (more…)