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 edition of the magazine has a two-page write-up on the life and bravery of Lieutenant (later Lieutenant General) Sir Philip Neame, who was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) for bravery during the Great War.
Neame, who was serving with the Royal Engineers, displayed outstanding gallantry on December 19 1914, on waterlogged ground near Neuve Chapelle, France. In the face of a heavy fire, he targeted two positions with bombs, killing and injuring several enemy soldiers. After completing his single-handed attack, he rescued wounded comrades who had been injured in fighting earlier in the day.
Lord Ashcroft’s articles for Britain at War over the past three years have been largely based on excerpts from four of his books on gallantry: Victoria Cross Heroes, Special Forces Heroes, George Cross Heroes and Heroes of the Skies. His fifth bravery book, Special Ops Heroes, was published in November 2014.
For the foreseeable future, Lord Ashcroft’s “hero of the month” articles will concentrate on men who were awarded the VC during the First World War.
Lord Ashcroft is a military historian who had written five books on bravery over the past nine years. He has also lectured extensively on courage and his various medal collections.
* Lord Ashcroft’s article appears in the March issue of Britain at War which is on sale now.