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Lance Corporal Matt Croucher GC grew up in Solihull and joined the Royal Marines aged 16, passing through the legendary 32-week training programme and into 40 Commando despite a series of injuries. He served two tours with the Marines in Iraq before becoming a reservist and returning to Iraq as a private security contractor with the United Nations. He re-joined the Royal Marines for the ultimate challenge of a tour of duty in war-torn Afghanistan in September 2007. Five months later he faced down death by diving on a trip-wired grenade to save the lives of his men. Awarded the George Cross, his incredible story of heroism has features in newspapers, TV and radio shows around the world. He is a key member of the ambassadorial team for the RBL and will undertake all PR on their behalf.
In the autumn of 2011, celebrating 90 years of the Royal British Legion, the country was aglow with Poppies as the Legion launched its biggest appeal yet. With no equivalent history available, this look at the work, the foundation and the heroes of the Legion is a much needed tribute to a unique organisation. Starting in the foundation year of 1921, the book records, through a portfolio of heroes, the history and personalities behind the Legion. All royalties from the sale of this book go to the Royal British Legion. Like for Like Reading Victoria Cross Heroes, Michael Ashcroft Aftermath: Stories of the Great War told by the Men and Women who Survived It, Max Arthur