Medals

See the January 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 January issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Lieutenant Colonel Philip Bent VC, DSO, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War. (more…)

The courage of the Reverend James Adams, the first clergyman to win the Victoria Cross

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in the Daily Express on Wednesday, 20 December 2017.

WHEN James Adams’s mother ordered him to embark on a career in the Church, he described it as the bitterest blow of his life.

Strong, sporty and with a sense of adventure, he had hoped for a commission in the army but instead he found himself heading for Trinity College Dublin to study theology. (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 Major Alexander Malins Lafone VC, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War. (more…)

Untold story: the parents who lost all four sons in the First World War

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in the Telegraph Magazine on Saturday 11 November 2017.

In 1914, four brothers went to fight in the First World War. None came home. Here, to mark Armistice Day, 
Michael Ashcroft tells the heartbreaking story of the gallantry and sacrifice of one Scottish family.

On a grey March evening nearly 100 years ago, close to a sunken road in the Somme valley, Acting Lieutenant Colonel William Herbert Anderson – or Bertie, as he was affectionately known to his family and friends – led his men the only way he knew how: from the front. (more…)

Why those corners of a foreign field are forever immaculate

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in the Daily Mail on 08 November 2017

Under a warm, late-afternoon sun, I gently placed my wreath at the base of Captain Arthur Henderson’s gravestone at the immaculately kept Cojeul British Cemetery in northern France.

As the proud custodian of Captain Henderson’s medal group, which I bought at auction for my collection of war medals, I had long wanted to pay my respects to this noble soldier. (more…)

The Bravest of the Brave

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Airsoft Action Magazine on 19 October 2017.

My interest in bravery dates back more than 60 years to when I was a small boy. My late father, Eric, was a modest man but, when I was about ten, he finally agreed to tell me about his own role in the Second World War.

After war broke out in September 1939, he was one of the first young men to enlist, joining the South Lancashire Regiment. However, he did not see action until the summer of 1944, when he arrived on Sword Beach as part of the D-Day landings. (more…)

Time to shoot down these unfair myths

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in the Daily Mail on 16 October 2017

Ask anyone what first comes to mind when they think of someone who has just left the Armed Forces and you will rightly hear some very positive things: leadership, discipline, comradeship, selflessness, loyalty, even heroism. (more…)

Annual update on Veterans’ Transition Review released

By lordashcroft.com

The public overestimates the extent of serious problems faced by former Armed Forces personnel, according to new research from Lord Ashcroft, the Prime Minister’s Special Representative on Veterans’ Transition.

New research finds public overestimates extent of mental health and other problems among former Service personnel

Annual update on Veterans’ Transition Review finds progress, but uneven delivery throughout the UK – especially Northern Ireland

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See the October 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 October issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Private William Boynton Butler, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War.

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The incredible bravery that will unite a town honouring its Great War hero

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in the Daily Express on 28 September 2017

A century ago, amidst the horrors of the muddy Flanders fields, Lt Col Philip Bent was preparing for his final stand near Polygon Wood, Belgium.

Two months into the Third Battle of Ypres (later better known as the Battle of Passchendaele), and having been forced back by a sustained enemy counter-attack, Bent rallied his men close to the town of Zonnebeke. (more…)