Lord Ashcroft KCMG PC has had his latest article published in his new 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 November edition of the magazine has a four-page write-up on the life and courage of Private George Peachment VC.
Peachment was, at 18, was one of the youngest ever recipients of the VC. In his article, Lord Ashcroft gives a vivid description of Peachment’s courage during the First World War at the Battle of Loos.
Peachment was killed as he went to the aid of his wounded commanding officer, Captain Guy Dubs, who lived to tell of the young private’s courage. Peachment died on September 25 1915 and his posthumous VC was announced two months later.
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.
All his articles for the magazine will be based on expanded excerpts from Lord Ashcroft’s four books on gallantry: Victoria Cross Heroes, Special Forces Heroes, George Cross Heroes and Heroes of the Skies.
Furthermore, the vast majority of the write-ups will be based on gallantry medals owned by Lord Ashcroft. As well as his unrivalled 183-strong VC collection, the Conservative peer has a major Special Forces’ medals’ collection and a substantial collection of decorations awarded for gallantry in the air.
In 2010, Lord Ashcroft also started collecting George Crosses (GCs) for the first time and currently owns 11 awards.
• Lord Ashcroft’s article appears in the November 2013 issue ofBritain at War, which is on sale now.