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 four pages on the life and career of Major Sir Ambrose Joseph McGonigal KBE, MC & Bar, who displayed outstanding bravery while serving with the Special Forces during the Second World War.
Indeed in war and peace, McGonigal lived an extraordinary life, with conflict never far away. During the 1939-45 war, he served as a Commando and in the SBS, receiving the MC and Bar for his gallantry.
After the war, he lived and worked in Belfast as the most senior Catholic judge at the height of the Troubles. He and his brother, Eoin, are the subject of a new book “Special Forces Brothers in Arms” written by Ambrose’s eldest grandson, Patric McGonigal.
Lord Ashcroft’s articles for Britain at War over the past nine years have been largely based on excerpts from his seven books on gallantry: Victoria Cross Heroes, Special Forces Heroes, George Cross Heroes, Heroes of the Skies, Special Ops Heroes, Victoria Cross Heroes Volume II and Falklands War Heroes.
Lord Ashcroft is a military historian who has lectured extensively on courage and his various medal collections.
- Lord Ashcroft’s latest article appears in the April issue of Britain at War which is on sale now.