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Liverpool VCs (Paperback)

Local History WWI Victoria Crosses Military

By James Murphy
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 243
Illustrations: 50
ISBN: 9781526766670
Published: 16th October 2019

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In Liverpool local heroes tend to be drawn from football or the music business or from the period when the city was one of Britains greatest ports. Although it has produced many military heroes, only double VC winner Noel Chavasse has had the recognition he deserves. James Murphy, in this meticulously researched and sympathetically written book, sets the record straight. His biographies of twenty-three Liverpool VC winners show what extraordinary sacrifices the men of the city made when they were called on to fight for their country. He gives graphic accounts of the exploits that won them the VC, and he recalls other actions in which they were involved. His main purpose is to show these men at war, but he also provides an insight into their civilian lives, and he records the times they lived in. And he dispels the myths and corrects the errors of fact that have grown up around them.

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Victoria Cross Org

Published to coincide with the unveiling of the stunning memorial to Noel Chavasse, this excellent book tells to stories of 23 VCs associated with Liverpool.

Victoria Cross Society

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North West Evening News

Being a Liverpool born ex soldier of 22 years I found this book very interesting. I would however like to provide some information of another VC Hero from Liverpool that he may have missed. I came across this by accident when looking at the locations of graves for Liverpool VC's and noticed a memorial at Kirkdale Cemetery where I third name was mentioned. His name was Charles Anderson late of The Queens Bays which was part of my Regiment 1st The Queens Dragoon Guards. I have acquired the following information from our Regimental HistorianCharles Anderson. Born Liverpool, Lancashire circa 1827. Some historians believe he was born in 1826. Enlisted in the 2nd Dragoon Guards at Dublin on 11 December 1845; Promoted to Corporal in 1858 (a field promotion for gallantry)
Twice demoted from Corporal; Served in the Indian Mutiny 1857-8 where he won his VC at Sundeela Oudh, India on 8 October 1858
Discharged as Corporal at Colchester at own request on 28 June 1870
For saving the life of Lieutenant-Colonel Seymour, C.B., commanding the regiment, in an attack made on him on the 8th October, 1858, by mutinous sepoys, in a dense jungle of sugar canes, from which an
attempt was made to dislodge them. The mutineers were between 30 and 40 in number. They suddenly opened fire on Lieutenant-Colonel Seymour and his party at a few yards distance, and immediately afterwards rushed in upon them with drawn (native) swords. Pistolling a man, cutting at him, and emptying with deadly effect at arm's length every barrel of his revolver, Lieutenant-Colonel Seymour was cut down by two sword cuts, when the two men above recommended, rushed to his rescue, and the
Trumpeter (Monaghan) shooting a man with his pistol in the act of cutting at him, and both Trumpeter and Dragoon driving at the enemy with their swords, enabled him to arise, and assist in defending himself again, when
the whole of the enemy were dispatched. The occurrence took place soon after the action near Sundeela, Oudh, on the date above mentioned."
Decorated with the VC by the C-in-C India, Gen. Sir Hugh Rose GCB, at Benares, India on 5 January 1863.
The details of his death. A Charles Anderson, coal miner. died from a fractured skull after falling off the cliffs at Seaham Harbour, Sunderland, on 19th April, 1899. The Sunderland Echo recorded:
"This morning the dead body of an old man which has since been identified as that of Charles Anderson, 70 years of age, a miner, was found at the bottom of a large cliff in a garden situated in the lower reaches of Dawdon Dene, belonging to Mr. H.B. Wright, solicitor, of Seaham Harbour. It is presumed he fell from the cliff. The deceased lodged with Mr. William Stokoe, who lives at Swinebank Cottages.

Kind regards
Dave Maltby. BEM.
Ex WO2

Dave Maltby
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Chavasse: Double VC (Paperback)

Many heroes emerged during the First World War, but only one man was twice awarded the Victoria Cross during that conflict. This was Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, serving in the Royal Army Medical Corps as Medical Officer to the 10th Battalion, the King's (Liverpool Regiment) - the Liverpool Scottish. The author has unearthed a forgotten archive of his letters from the Front and been allowed access to the Chavasse family correspondence, photographs and other documents. The result is a fascinating study of a man who, while typical in almost every way of the Victorian/Edwardian middle class stands…

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