Cast from a Cannon.

Gallantry. It is a strange word, but the best definition is perhaps from the King James Bible:-Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

In British military history, the measure of the greatest gallantry observed during combat is stated by the presentation of the Victoria Cross, an emblem so rare that there are only twelve living recipients of that honour. One medal was awarded to a Engineer Sergeant of the RAFVR, who climbed out of the bomber’s cockpit to attempt to extinguish a fire around the aircraft’s engine. Another was awarded, posthumously, toa Destroyer Commander who attacked and rammed the German heavy cruiser Admiral Hipper. This medal was also partly awarded on the recommendation of the Captain of the enemy Cruiser. Captain Fegan’s name also comes to mind when discussing bravery.

The British ‘Unknown Soldier’ was awarded the US Congressional Medal of Honor; while the reciprocal Victoria Cross was given to America’s ‘Unknown Soldier’.

 I write this as I am vaguely uncomfortable with the advert for VitaBionics products being set alongside the picture of Private Johnson Beharry, VC, together with printed praise for the alleged beneficial attributes of those same products.