Medals

The touching wartime romance that grew from letters exchanged between a British PoW and his best friend’s sister

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in the Daily Mail on 21 September 2017.

His neat, hand-written letters are kept in a century-old wooden chest under a dressing table. Written using pen and paper obtained from his German prison guards, they provide a fascinating insight into a wartime romance between an heroic soldier who came back from the dead and his best friend’s sister.

Today Peggy Maher, the recipient of the letters and now a sprightly 94 years old, wipes away a tear as she recalls how the notes and post cards, all written more than 70 years ago, eventually led to a lifetime of happiness, once the British PoW who had penned them was finally released after nearly five years in captivity. (more…)

Hero of the Month by Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Britain at War in September 2017.

Private George Imlach McIntosh VC: aggression

George Imlach McIntosh was born in Rathven, Banffshire, on 22 April 1897. He was the son of Alexander McIntosh, a fisherman, and his wife, Mary. As a young boy, he lived in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, and attended Fraserburgh Academy. (more…)

See the September 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 September issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Private George Imlach McIntosh, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War. (more…)

Centenary of the death of Captain Noel Chavasse VC & Bar, MC

By lordashcroft.com

Friday, August 4 2017, was the centenary of the death of Captain Noel Chavasse VC & Bar MC, one of the bravest soldiers who has ever lived.

Captain Chavasse, a doctor who served with the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC), was the only man to be awarded the VC and Bar – the equivalent of two VCs – during the Great War.

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Hero of the Month by Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Britain at War in August 2017.

Chief Skipper Joseph Watt VC: leadership

Joseph Watt was born in the fishing village of Gardenstown, near Banff, Scotland, on 25 June 1887. One of five children, he was the son of Joseph Watt, a fisherman, and his wife Helen (née Mair), and he was educated locally at Bracoden School, Gamrie. Sadly, his father died at sea, while fishing for haddock more than 20 miles off the coast, when Joseph Jnr was just ten years old. (more…)

See the August 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 August issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Chief Skipper Joseph Watt, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War.

Watt, who like his father was a fisherman, volunteered for the Patrol Service in the summer of 1914 after the outbreak of the war. After duties in the North Sea, he was posted to Italy. (more…)

NEW BOOK PROJECT: LORD ASHCROFT KCMG PC and ISABEL OAKESHOTT

By Lord Ashcroft

WHITE FLAG?
An examination of Britain’s modern day defence capability

BRITAIN is at a crossroads. As we leave the EU, we face a great challenge and opportunity, to forge a new identity in an increasingly uncertain world. Our Armed Forces will be critical to our power and prosperity. (more…)

Hero of the Month by Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Britain at War in July 2017.

Acting Captain Arthur Henderson VC, MC: leadership

Arthur Henderson was born in Paisley, Scotland, on 6 May 1893. He was the son George Henderson, OBE, a builder, magistrate and town councilor, and his wife Elizabeth (née Purdey). He was educated at John Neilson Institute in Paisley, before embarking on a career as an accountant and stockbroker with R Easton & Co, of Glasgow. He was also a fine cricketer, batting with distinction for Ferguslie Cricket Club. (more…)

See the July 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 July issue of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Acting Captain Arthur Henderson, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery during the Great War.

Henderson, who was born in Paisley, Scotland, enlisted as a private in the 4th Battalion, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, after the outbreak of the war in August 1914. (more…)

Hero of the Month by Lord Ashcroft

By Lord Ashcroft

First published in Britain at War in June 2017.

Acting Lieutenant Colonel Edward Elers Delaval Henderson VC: leadership

Edward Elers Delaval Henderson was born in Simla, India, on 2 October 1878. He was the son of Major-General Philip Durham Henderson, formerly of the Madras Cavalry, and his wife Rosana, who was herself from a formidable military family and whose father had also served as an officer in the Madras Cavalry. After being educated at St Paul’s School in London, Henderson Jnr embarked on a career as a tea planter in India. (more…)