Captain Charles Upham
Portrait of double VC winner, Captain Charles Upham (). Born in New Zealand, Upham was a sheep farmer who distinguished himself during World War Two on two occasions. On July 14th/15th 1942, Captain Upham led an attack on a strong enemy position at El Ruweisat Ridge in the Western Desert. Despite being wounded in one arm, he destroyed a tank and several guns and vehicles, returning to his company after his wound was dressed and remaining with them until he was severely wounded and captured. Previous to that in May 1941, he had won the Victoria Cross for conspicuous gallantry during operations in Crete. He is one of only three men to have won the Victoria Cross and Bar since its institution in 1856. The other two, Lieutenant-Colonel Arthur Martin-Leake and Captain Noel Chavasse are also included in this picture.
© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans
Pilgrims returning to Algeria from Mecca
Pilgrims returning to Algeria from Mecca, having undertaking the Hajj, the pilgrimage every able-bodied Muslim is required to undertake at least once in their lifetime. There is a tale of a poor Turkish Dervish, who unable to afford the cost of undertaking pilgrimage, expressed his woes to his sheykh, who informed him he need only "walk around me" and his duty would be achieved.
© Mary Evans / Grenville Collins Postcard Collection
Scene from Shakespeare's Cymbeline
A scene from shakespeare's Cymbeline, in which Imogen, dressed as a boy, has found a hut in the forest and, being hungry, has eaten some food. The owners of the hut, a man and two boys, have just returned, and are surprised to see her there. Little do they know that she and the boys are related, but for that we will have to wait for the final recognition scene.
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