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Heroism Collection

Background imageHeroism Collection: Britains Sea Power Is Yours

Britains Sea Power Is Yours
World War Two propaganda poster for the Royal Navy - Britains Sea Power Is Yours - depicting a British submarine crew at action stations during an attack

Background imageHeroism Collection: Michael O leary Poster

Michael O leary Poster
Recruitment poster from WWI encouraging men to join an Irish regiment and emulate the bravery of their fellow countryman, Sergeant Michael O Leary VC

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Last Shot by Matania

The Last Shot by Matania
A group of British seamen gunners straining to fire a final shot at a German ship as their own ship sinks beneath them. The caption notes that this was a common occurrence with light cruisers

Background imageHeroism Collection: War Bonds Poster Wwi

War Bonds Poster Wwi
World War One poster encouraging the public to do their bit by buying National war bonds to help fund the war effort

Background imageHeroism Collection: Peggy Prince

Peggy Prince received an M.B.E. after making two journeys out to sea in a canoe in order to rescue the crew of a crashed bomber, saving the wireless operators life. 1940

Background imageHeroism Collection: Severn Tunnel Diver

Severn Tunnel Diver
The brave diver Alexander Lambert descending the shaft into the flooded tunnel. In Fleuss diving gear, he closed the headwall door and prevented further flooding

Background imageHeroism Collection: Wedding of Captain La Touche Congreve V. C

Wedding of Captain La Touche Congreve V. C
Marriage of Captain (later Major) William La Touche Congreve to Miss Pamela Maude, the daughter of actor Cyril Maude. Major Congreve was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at at Longueval

Background imageHeroism Collection: Private John Caffrey VC

Private John Caffrey VC
Illustration recording the VC action of Private John Joseph Caffrey VC (1891-1953) at La Brique, France in November 1915. His citation reads as follows: On 16 November 1915 near La Brique, France

Background imageHeroism Collection: Michael O Leary V. C. WW1

Michael O Leary V. C. WW1
Major Michael John O Leary VC (29 September 1890 2 August 1961), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to

Background imageHeroism Collection: Heroic deeds of the War - Corporal Josephine M C Robins

Heroic deeds of the War - Corporal Josephine M C Robins
Heroic deeds of WW2 - Corporal Josephine M C Robins, a member of the Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WaF). Awarded the Military Medal (MM)

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Illustrated London News, 1940

The Illustrated London News, 1940
Page from the Illustrated London News describing the heroism of Lieutenant Robert Davies(1900-1975), who received the George Cross for commanding the bomb disposal unit which saved St

Background imageHeroism Collection: Will They Never Come? World War One poster

Will They Never Come? World War One poster
World War One recruitment poster using a photograph from the Weekly Dispatch showing a bloodied and bandaged British soldier who having just dispatched the enemy with his rifle simultaneously

Background imageHeroism Collection: Corporate J. L. Dawson VC

Corporate J. L. Dawson VC
Corporal James Lennox Dawson VC of the Royal Engineers (1891-1967) pictured performing the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross in October 1915

Background imageHeroism Collection: Knights of the Air - WWI aerial combat - Albert Ball

Knights of the Air - WWI aerial combat - Albert Ball
A British fighter plane in the Royal Flying Corps is attacked by two German aircraft. The illustration accompanies a feature inside The Modern Boy magazine by Captain W. E

Background imageHeroism Collection: WW1 - Gun - L Battery at Nery

WW1 - Gun - L Battery at Nery
WW1 - A British Gun Battle of Nery, WW1, where L Battery, Royal Horse Artillery kept up a steady fire for two and a half hours, against a full battery of German artillery

Background imageHeroism Collection: WW1- L Battery in action at Nery

WW1- L Battery in action at Nery
WW1 - L Battery Royal Horse Artillery in action at Nery - September 1, 1914. A British cavalry brigade preparing to leave their overnight bivouac were attacked by a German cavalry division of about

Background imageHeroism Collection: Fireman rescuing a child Victorian period

Fireman rescuing a child Victorian period

Background imageHeroism Collection: Hero Fireman rescues child

Hero Fireman rescues child

Background imageHeroism Collection: Letter sent by King Philip II to City Council of La Coruna

Letter sent by King Philip II to City Council of La Coruna
Philip II (1527-1598). King of Spain. Letter sent by King Philip II to the City Council of La Coruna thanking the city for its resistance to the English siege

Background imageHeroism Collection: RMS Titanic - page from The Knickerbocker Press

RMS Titanic - page from The Knickerbocker Press of Albany New York State, 17 April 1912: Heroism and Discipline of Titanic's Crew Save Women and Children as Millionaires Perish

Background imageHeroism Collection: Take of the Fort of Saint Elmo (June 23, 1565)

Take of the Fort of Saint Elmo (June 23, 1565)
Palace of the Grand Master, 16th-18th centuries. Residence of the Great Master of the Order of Saint John. Fresco of the Supreme Council Room by Matteo Perez de Aleccio (1547-1628)

Background imageHeroism Collection: Two VCs and a DFC

Two VCs and a DFC
Sergeant John Hannah, V.C. Pilot Officer C. A. H. Connor, D.F.C. And Flt. Lt. R. A. B. Learoyd, V. C. being celebrated for their achievements leading to Victoria Crosses

Background imageHeroism Collection: Corporal A. Drake VC

Corporal A. Drake VC
A sketch giving an impression of the VC action of Corporal Alfred George Drake of the Rifle Brigade. His citation reads For most conspicuous bravery on the night of 23rd Nov

Background imageHeroism Collection: SPAIN. Belchite. Sapin. Civil War (1936-1939)

SPAIN. Belchite. Sapin. Civil War (1936-1939). Ruins of Belchite, town where the battle of Belchite took place (24th August-6th September 1937)

Background imageHeroism Collection: Bumeliana Well Walls Defending Defenders Oasis

Bumeliana Well Walls Defending Defenders Oasis
bumeliana, well, walls, defending, defenders, oasis, defence, heroism, heroic, italo, turkish, war, dead, arab, soldier, italian, italy, turkey, gaining, libya, north, africa, ottoman, empire, 1911

Background imageHeroism Collection: AFTER A B ATTLE

AFTER A B ATTLE
A true picture of a field of battle - death and destruction, rather than glory and heroism, are the realities of warfare : a scene from the Napoleonic wars. Date: 1800 - 1815

Background imageHeroism Collection: NATIONALIST VICTORY/1937

NATIONALIST VICTORY/1937
Nationalists capture the sanctuary of Caradonga; the pro-Nationalist Italian reporter sees this as a triumph of patriotic heroism over barbaric atheism Date: 1937

Background imageHeroism Collection: Com Deb Sig Liberation Memorial, Oistreham

Com Deb Sig Liberation Memorial, Oistreham
Ten distinctive Comite du Debarquement Memorials were put up at stragegic points to commemorate the landings and the Liberation. This one, which has beside it a No

Background imageHeroism Collection: Mexico - Guadalajara - The Monumento a los Ninos Heroes

Mexico - Guadalajara - The Monumento a los Ninos Heroes
The Monumento a los Ninos Heroes (Monument to the Boy Heroes) commemorates the 1847 battle between the United States and Mexico at Chapultepec Castle in Mexico City

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Guards Crimean War Memorial - veterans 1899

The Guards Crimean War Memorial - veterans 1899
London crowds outside Waterloo Place, celebrating years later the victory, raised to commemorate the heroism of the Brigade of Guards in the Crimean War

Background imageHeroism Collection: SENIOR ARMY / IRELAND C19

SENIOR ARMY / IRELAND C19
Earl Roberts (who won the Victoria Cross for heroism at Khudaganj)and the Headquarters Staff in Ireland. Date: 1895-6

Background imageHeroism Collection: Gallipoli - bringing in horses by Matania, WW1

Gallipoli - bringing in horses by Matania, WW1
Telegraph work in Gallipoli - an unrecorded incident of individual bravery. Two men of the 1st Royal Munster Fusiliers bringing two uninjured horses back to British lines during a severe Turkish

Background imageHeroism Collection: The War Budget - Piper Laidlaw

The War Budget - Piper Laidlaw
Front cover of The War Budget featuring a portrait of Piper Daniel Laidlaw, who won the Victoria Cross at the Battle of Loos

Background imageHeroism Collection: Great War Deeds, Illustrated London News

Great War Deeds, Illustrated London News
Special panorama supplement produced by the Illustrated London News in 1915 - Great War Deeds featuring heroic actions of the First World War depicted by a number of ILN artists including Richard

Background imageHeroism Collection: Lance-Sergeant Douglas Belcher V. C

Lance-Sergeant Douglas Belcher V. C
Lance-Sergeant Douglas Belcher of the London Rifle Brigade, the first Territorial, other than an officer to receive the Victoria Cross in the First World War

Background imageHeroism Collection: Glorious L Battery, Gunner Derbyshire, Driver Osborne

Glorious L Battery, Gunner Derbyshire, Driver Osborne
Three members of " L" Battery, Royal Horse Artillery, which gallantly maintained fire using three guns against surprise fire from a strong German force comprising ten field guns

Background imageHeroism Collection: Jemadar Mir Dast, WW1

Jemadar Mir Dast, WW1
Jemadar Mir Dast V.C. (1874 - 1945), soldier and Victoria Cross winner in the British Indian Army. During the First World War Dast was a Jemadar in the 55th Cokes Rifles (Frontier Force)

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Sphere Memorial Number of the Scott Antarctic Expedition

The Sphere Memorial Number of the Scott Antarctic Expedition
Front cover of The Sphere Memorial Number of the Scott Antarctic Expedition in which Captain Scott and his four comrades perished after being beaten to the South Pole by Norwegian, Roald Amundsen

Background imageHeroism Collection: Unrecognised Heroism by H M Bateman

Unrecognised Heroism by H M Bateman, is an illustration of " The couple who go to a wedding without sending a present"

Background imageHeroism Collection: Ukraine. Crimean Peninsula. Kerch. Memorial. Heroism of Kerc

Ukraine. Crimean Peninsula. Kerch. Memorial. Heroism of Kerc
Ukraine. Crimean Peninsula. Kerch. Obelisk of Glory. The memorial on the mountain Mithridat, dedicated to the heroism of Kerch in World War II

Background imageHeroism Collection: Henri De Belsunce

Henri De Belsunce
HENRI FRANCOIS XAVIER de BELSUNCE de CASTEL-MORON Bishop of Marseille, who won great repute for his heroism during at outbreak of plague in that city. Date: 1671 - 1755

Background imageHeroism Collection: Defence of Fort Moultrie, South Carolina

Defence of Fort Moultrie, South Carolina
The defence of Fort Moultrie, South Carolina, and the heroism of Sergeant Jasper. Date: circa 1813

Background imageHeroism Collection: Title page of Great War Deeds, Illustrated London News

Title page of Great War Deeds, Illustrated London News
Title page of Great War Deeds, a special panorama supplement produced by the Illustrated London News in 1915, featuring heroic actions of the First World War. Date: 1915

Background imageHeroism Collection: Italian dogs of war, decorated for military services

Italian dogs of war, decorated for military services
Italian dogs of war, decorated in honour of their military services, passing through the streets of Milan in a picturesque procession. Date: 1920

Background imageHeroism Collection: GARIBALDI, Giuseppe (1807-1882). Italian military

GARIBALDI, Giuseppe (1807-1882). Italian military man and republican and nationalist politician. Medallion from 1882. Metals

Background imageHeroism Collection: Zeebrugge - Petty Officer Reed rescuing Lieutenant Alleyn

Zeebrugge - Petty Officer Reed rescuing Lieutenant Alleyn
One of the eight actions which earned the Victoria Cross during the Zeebrugge Raid of 1918. Petty-officer Reed found Lieutenant Sir John Alleyne was unable to leave the conning tower on board

Background imageHeroism Collection: And Then They Charged Us by Denis Cowles, WW1 cartoon

And Then They Charged Us by Denis Cowles, WW1 cartoon
A British Army officer during the First World War, entertains and alarms a group of non-combatant men dressed in evening wear, with some dramatic stories from the Front. Date: 1916

Background imageHeroism Collection: French soldier fights off German attack, Craonne

French soldier fights off German attack, Craonne
An incident on the Western Front north of Craonne depicted by Paul Thiriat on the Front cover of The Graphic. A few French soldiers were working in a boyau or communication trench when they were



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