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A biography of one of the only three men to have won a VC and bar. Arthur Martin-Leake was a doctor who won his first award in the Boer War. A thirst for adventure led him to the Balkan War of 1912/13, and during the Great War he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and won his second VC. He comes over as a modest as well as an extraordinarily brave man, and author Ann Clayton presents a life lived in the service of others.
Only three men have ever won a bar to the Victoria Cross; but only two lived to wear them; the other, Noel Chavasse, being awarded his bar posthumously. Of the three,- (the third being Charles Upham of the New Zealand Military Forces), - Arthur Martin-Leake was the first to achieve this extraordinary distinction. And it is worth bearing in mind that both Martin-Leake and Chavasse were non-combatant doctors, being members of the Royal Army Medical Corps. Born in 1874 and brought up in comfortable circumstances in rural Hertfordshire, Martin-Leake trained as a doctor and spent much of his life working for an Indian railway company; but the urge to be where he felt he was most needed and a thirst for adventure took him first to South Africa during the Boer War, where he won his first VC, then to Albania during the Balkan War of 1912-13, and finally to Flanders, where he won the bar to his VC. Surprisingly, this is the first biography of this most remarkable man, now printed in paperback format, for which author Ann Clayton has been given access to all the family papers. These include hundreds of his letters, but she has also unearthed eye-witness accounts of his bravery which, typically, he was at pains to gloss over. This is indeed a thrilling story of a life lived to the full by a man who sought little for himself, but having been blessed with a fortunate birthright, only wanted to repay the debt.


Product Code: 25383
Author: Ann Clayton
ISBN: 9781473841826
Format: Softback, 256 pages Published Price £14.99
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