Britain at War

See the July issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By Lord Ashcroft

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 four pages on the life and career of Captain James Edgar Leach, who was awarded the VC for bravery during the First World War.

Leach, who was born in Lancaster, Lancashire, enlisted in the 3rd (Special Reserve) Battalion, the Northamptonshire Regiment, in 1910. (more…)

Hero of the Month – June 2020

By Lord Ashcroft

Published in Britain at War in June 2020.

Captain Gerald Robert O’Sullivan VC

Captain Gerald O’Sullivan was awarded his posthumous VC for two quite exceptional actions at Gallipoli, the failed 11-month Allied campaign that cost an estimated 250,000 casualties on each side during the Great War.

Gerald Robert O’Sullivan was born in Frankfield, near Douglas, County Cork, Ireland, on November 8 1888. He was the only son of Lieutenant Colonel George O’Sullivan, of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, and his wife Charlotte (nee Hiddingh).

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See the June issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By Lord Ashcroft

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 June issue of the magazine has four pages on the life and career of Captain Gerald O’Sullivan, who was awarded the VC for bravery during the First World War.

O’Sullivan, who was born in Co Cork, was commissioned into the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers in 1909. During the First World War, he served with the 1st Iniskillings that were chosen for duties in the Dardanelles. (more…)

Hero of the Month – May 2020

By Lord Ashcroft

Published in Britain at War in May 2020.

Brevet Major John Knox VC

The medal group awarded to Brevet Major John Knox is quite exceptional because when it was offered for sale, it was accompanied by the cannon ball that shattered his arm during his VC action. As a medal collector of more than three decades standing, I am used to gallantry decorations being accompanied by interesting and unusual memorabilia but this surely has to be a unique keepsake.

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See the May issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By Lord Ashcroft

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 May issue of the magazine has four pages on the life and career of Brevet Major John Knox VC, who was decorated with the Victoria Cross (VC) for great bravery during the Crimean War.

Knox, who was born in Calton, Glasgow, enlisted into the Scots Fusilier Guards in Glasgow in May 1843, aged 14, having run away from home. By the time he arrived in the Crimea in September 1954, he was serving in the rank of colour sergeant. (more…)

HERO OF THE MONTH – APRIL 2020

By Lord Ashcroft

Published in Britain at War in April 2020.

Major Peter Allen Norton GC

Major Peter Norton was awarded the George Cross (GC), Britain’s and the Commonwealth’s premier gallantry award for bravery not in the face of the enemy, for outstanding courage in Iraq in 2005. The GC is often affectionately known as the “civilian VC” but, in reality, as in Norton’s case, it is often awarded to military personnel, particularly bomb disposal officers.

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See the April issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By Lord Ashcroft

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 Peter Norton, who was decorated with the George Cross (GC) for outstanding bravery in Iraq. (more…)

HERO OF THE MONTH – MARCH 2020

By Lord Ashcroft

Published in Britain at War in March 2020.

Rear Admiral Sir Anthony Cecil Capel Miers VC, KBE, CB, DSO & Bar

Rear Admiral [Sir] Anthony Miers was awarded one of the finest submariner VCs of the Second World War. Furthermore, this courageous, highly-decorated – yet controversial – officer was of only three submarine commanders to be awarded Britain and the Commonwealth’s most prestigious gallantry award for actions in the Mediterranean Sea.

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See the March issue of Britain at War for Lord Ashcroft’s new bravery article

By Lord Ashcroft

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 issue of the magazine has four pages on the life and career of Rear-Admiral Sir Anthony Cecil Capel Miers, who was decorated with the Victoria Cross (VC) for outstanding bravery as a submariner during the Second World War.

Miers was born in Birchwood, Inverness, in November 1906 and he was proud of his Scottish and military roots. He joined the Royal Navy as a special entry cadet in 1925 and soon received a series of promotions. He was a fine officer but his career suffered setbacks too because he was so controversial, short-tempered and outspoken. (more…)

HERO OF THE MONTH – FEBRUARY 2020

By Lord Ashcroft

Published in Britain at War in February 2020.

Wing Commander Hugh Gordon Malcolm VC

There can be few, if any, better examples of self-sacrifice in the air than the noble actions of Wing Commander Hugh Malcolm. Such outstanding bravery aimed at the saving lives of infantry on the ground was recognised with the reward of a posthumous VC.

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