By Robert Macklin
The Victoria move is the top award for valor that may be gained through an Australian; simply ninety six Australians were provided the VC in conflicts from the Boer struggle to the Vietnam conflict. And purely 14 Australians were provided the George pass, the last word medal for heroism clear of energetic strive against, when you consider that its inception in 1940. yet what's it that makes those awesome infantrymen hazard every thing in safety in their nation and their friends? famous biographer Robert Macklin tells the inspirational tale of 15 Australian recipients of the Victoria and George Crosses, from Neville Howse in South Africa in 1900 to the heroes of the nice warfare comparable to Albert Jacka, "Diver" Derrick in international conflict II, and Keith Payne in Vietnam in 1969.
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The men of the 48th, taking advantage of the Germans’ confusion, had by then turned on their captors and wrestled their rifles from them. From other parts of the battlefield Australians were drawn to the struggle in defence of their mates. Jacka went down for the last time. He had been wounded no fewer than seven times, one bullet passing right through his body beneath the right shoulder. A stretcher bearer found him, ripped off his tunic and dressed the worst of his wounds. Then he went to fetch a stretcher but was killed before he could return.
Jacka, now a captain, struggled to bring order. He positioned the tanks personally. He alternately cajoled and threatened the crews. At last they were in place. But when the 51 Bravest PAGES 31/1/08 12:33 PM Page 52 BRAVEST attack began, the tanks were worse than useless. The battalion sustained fearful casualties on the German wire entanglements that would have been broken up by an artillery barrage. It did drive the enemy back, but when it called for the big guns to forestall a counterattack, the plea went unanswered.
They would raise two sons and three daughters. Howse’s brother Oswald had remained in Taree, and now Neville persuaded another brother, Cyril, who had recently graduated as a doctor, to join him in the 22 Bravest PAGES 31/1/08 12:33 PM Page 23 Bullets ‘thick as hail’ Orange practice. Cyril would spend the next 39 years as a respected doctor in the town. In 1913, Howse bought Suma Park, a 1200-ha property outside the town. He became increasingly involved in local politics and in 1914 became mayor of Orange.
Bravest - How Some of Australia's Greatest War Heroes Won Their Medals by Robert Macklin