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George Cross Heroes

George Cross Heroes [Kindle Edition]

Michael Ashcroft
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The latest in Lord Ashcroft's bestselling 'heroes' series tells the stories of all 159 recipients of the George Cross since 1940.

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This ebook edition contains the full text version as per the book. Doesn't include original photographic and illustrated material. In a broadcast to the nation in September 1940 King George VI announced the institution of the George Cross - a civilian equivalent of the Victoria Cross awarded to recognize the many acts of supreme gallantry being performed outside of the battlefield. From Thomas Alderson, the first recipient of the medal, who heroically rescued several people from trapped houses during one terrible Blitz night, to Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher, who threw himself onto a live grenade in the Helmand province to save the lives of his comrades (and somehow survived), to Barbara Harrison, an air stewardess who died in 1968 after helping many passengers escape from an onboard fire, this book tells the amazing stories of everyone of the George Cross's 159 direct recipients. GEORGE CROSS HEROES pays tribute to the extraordinary courage displayed by so many of the commonwealth's men and women in so many incredible situations over the last 70 years.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 603 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0755360842
  • Publisher: Headline; Reprint edition (25 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0096BJGJU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #274,836 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lord Ashcroft, KCMG, is an international businessman, author and philanthropist. He is Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party and Treasurer of the International Democratic Union. He is also the founder and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Crimestoppers, the only UK charity dedicated to solving crimes, Vice Patron of the Intelligence Corps Museum, Chairman of the Trustees of Ashcroft Technology Academy and Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University.
Lord Ashcroft has a life-long interest in bravery and gallantry medals. In 1986, he started collecting Victoria Cross medals (VCs). There are now more than 160 medals in the collection, estimated to be worth some £30 million, making it the largest collection of VCs in the world. In the autumn of 2010, the collection is due to go on public display for the first time at the Imperial War Museum in London. The new Lord Ashcroft Gallery, paid for by a £5 million donation, will also exhibit VCs and George Cross medals already belonging to the IWM.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grorge Cross Heroes 9 Dec 2010
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Another of Lord Ashcroft's books about medals/heroes. Ideal for anyone interested in reading
about people who go the extra mile for whatever reason. Very well presented and a very good
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of "George Cross Heroes" 28 Feb 2011
This drawback of this book lies in its format: It is nothing more than an extended form of the Register of the George Cross presented in chronological rather than alphabetical order with some photographs as a centrepiece. It therefore contains hundreds of individual stories rather than one big story and is therefore rather disjointed. The individual stories are good though.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new - 21 Feb 2011
By lizzie
There is nothing new in this book - it appears to have been sourced from other writers without any new material added - even the latest two GCs entries have factual errors - one has to question the research and the editing -
any work of reference surely requires new information that has been independently researched - i found almost none in this latest book on the GCs.
That all those GCs who are exchange GCs have been excluded is an insult to HM the Queen and her father who created them GCs as well as to those recipients who are still alive. I wasted my money buying this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars George Cross Heroes 20 May 2014
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A useful work of reference rather than a relaxing read. I discovered one or two errors on Captain Robert Nairac, which I notified to the author.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better ... 30 July 2013
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Let me begin by saying that all heroes - whether they're recipients of the George Cross or any other gallantry award bestowed by the Sovereign - deserve to be honoured and recognised for their brave deeds. At a time when this once great country is in the grip of institutionalised, governmental chaos, the United Kingdom needs heroes as never before.

Does this book depict these heroes in the best possible light? No, not really. It seems that the author has just dusted off the old citations, where possible topped and tailed the event with a few personal details of the recipients and that's it. To give an example, in the case of Commander Geoffrey Turner who won his Cross in 1941, he also won a George Medal two years later. But this second, great achievement is just mentioned in passing - no details are given about what prompted this prestigious award. Was consideration given to Turner being awarded a bar to his George Cross, which would have made him the first recipient of such an award? I don't know, that's for sure but with a little searching, I feel tolerably certain that Lord Ashcroft could have found out.

To be fair, the later (and still living) recipients in the book are given a better airing but the accounts of the earlier ones do leave much to be desired. Purely as a reference book, it has its merits but overall, it leaves much to be desired.
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