Captain the Reverend Edward Mellish: The Miracle of St Eloi

Of all the Victoria Cross recipients I have researched, the story of Edward Noel Mellish was the one that probably inspired me the most. A story worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster and involving bravery of the very highest order; a story of unswerving devotion to duty, not only to king and country, but a duty … Continue reading Captain the Reverend Edward Mellish: The Miracle of St Eloi

From Private to Major: The Rise of Hugh Colvin VC

Hugh Colvin Hugh Colvin was born to Scottish parents on the 18th of March 1887 in Burnley Lancashire. His Father, also Hugh, was a Gardener, and Hugh himself was sent off to work as Gardeners apprentice in Lancaster as a teenager. Hugh was one of four Children; his older sister Margaret was born in Scotland … Continue reading From Private to Major: The Rise of Hugh Colvin VC

WW1 – The Battle for Hill 60, Two More VC’s

2nd Lt Geoffrey Woolley (left) and Private Edward Dwyer (right) Private Edward Dwyer Edward Dwyer joined the East Surrey Regiment in 1912 aged just 17 and was posted to the 1st Battalion. Three years later he found himself in the middle of one of the fiercest battles of the 1st World War; the battle for … Continue reading WW1 – The Battle for Hill 60, Two More VC’s