DEEDS OF VALOUR: A VICTORIAN MILITARY AND NAVAL HISTORY TRILOGY.

Bancroft, James W.


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Privately Printed, Eccles, 1st ed., 1994. 149 pp., photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The three accounts in this book begin with The Chronology of Victorian VCs which presents the roll of Victorian VCs arranged in order of date of deed and clearly sets out the order for each action. The author explains why his research has led him to challenge the generally accepted number of eleven VCs gained at Rorke's Drift. The second work, A Rorke's Drift Man, draws upon unpublished photographs and documents to relate the life of Sergeant Henry Gallagher, 24th Regiment, who was a previously neglected hero and defender of Rorke's Drift. Finally comes Victorian Naval Battles and Disasters which contains first-hand accounts originally published in a popular Victorian magazine and which have never since appeared in a modern bibliography. The events described include the wreck of the BIRKENHEAD; the Baltic Fleet; the first ironclad fight between the MERRIMAC and the MONITOR; and a seemingly ill-fated sailor who was involved in two naval disasters. This book is illustrated throughout.


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