Patron Ian Gough to join members of the British Army in fundraising …

Monday, July 21, 2014 Comments are off for this post. This week Hire a Hero Patron Ian Gough will take on the West Highland Way alongside two Army personnel in aid of the charity. The challenge will see the 64-cap Wales international, who last year joined a team of military and civilians in an attempt to scale Mount Elbrus, complete part of the 96-mile walk.

The former Ospreys and London Irish second-row, currently in preparation for the new season, admits it is a unique way to spend a rest week during pre-season. It s my week off, we ve come off a big pre-season block into a week of R & R and straight in to this which I m not complaining about, said Gough I m actually looking forward to the banter, you see the best in people when they are under stress and that will be me after two days with blisters coming off a pre-season block. The near one hundred mile walk, to be completed inside four days is the brainchild of Staff Sergeant Jamie Falconer.

The route is commonly walked in seven to eight days, we intend to condense this to four days, with 20 kilograms plus our daily food and drinking water, explains Falconer. Individuals who attempt the route in four days tend to cycle parts and walk others, I can find no details of any challenge like the one we wish to complete. The scale of the challenge, thought by the organisers to be the first of its kind, does not however daunt Patron Gough.

I m looking forward to it, it will be fun but tough and raising money for a good cause, Scotland is a lovely place so it s a joy to get up there.

You can show your support for those taking on the West Highland Way Challenge by donating online: 1 PICTURED: Patron Ian Gough en route up Mount Elbrus, Europe s highest peak Comments are closed.

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Letter to an Unknown Soldier

In a year jammed-full of WW1 commemoration the Letter to an Unknown Soldier project invites everyone to step back from the public ceremonies and take a few private moments to think. If you could say what you want to say about that war, with all we ve learned since 1914, with all your own experience of life and death to hand, what would you say? If you were able to send a personal message to one of the men who served and was killed during World War One, what would you write?

Professor Jane Chapman , a comparative media historian, specializing in gender, newspapers and comics/cartoon archive culture, penned a moving letter to the unknown soldier, contributing to a permanent archive in the British Library

Professor Chapman wrote the letter alongside a soldier cartoon produced during the Great War for a trench newspaper and draws upon her wealth of knowledge and expertise in this area to inform the reader about forms of communication at that time.

Letter to an Unknown Soldier

Benedict Arnold and British forces attack Petersburg, Virginia

On the evening of April 24, 1781, British General William Phillips landed on the banks of the James River at City Port, Virginia. Once there, he combined forces with British General Benedict Arnold, the former American general and notorious traitor, to launch an attack on the town of Petersburg, Virginia, located about 12 miles away. The ensuing engagement is known as he Battle of Blandford (or Blanford) or the Battle of Petersburg .

Defending the town of Petersburg from the approaching British troops was a contingent of 1,000 troops from the Virginia militia led by Major General Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben and Brigadier General John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg. General von Steuben had set up defensive lines of resistance, but had no real hope of victory as the Americans were severely outnumbered by the British army of 2,500 troops. After several hours of fighting, von Steuben ordered a full-scale retreat of the Virginia militia as the city of Petersburg fell into British hands.

Although Petersburg was lost, General von Steuben and the Virginia militia were able to resist the British force long enough for Patriot troops to assemble and set up defensive positions in nearby towns. Portraits of Baron von Steuben and John Peter Gabriel Muhlenberg General Phillips had survived three years of captivity after being taken prisoner by the Americans at Saratoga in 1777 and marching with the so-called Convention Army dubbed as such because the British and Americans signed a short-lived convention that the prisoners would be released to Europe if they agreed not to fight in North America again 700 miles from Saratoga, New York, to Charlottesville, Virginia, in November 1778 (after the revocation of the Convention of Saratoga). He was released in exchange for Patriot Major General Benjamin Lincoln in 1780.

Despite such earlier fortitude, Phillips died of typhus on May 13 in Petersburg, less than a month after his victory. Source: Like this: Like Loading… Related This entry was posted on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 6:45 AM and is filed under Revolutionary War 1 .

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