On 23 April 1903, John Gough, serving with the Third Somaliland Expedition, risked his life attempting to rescue a mortally wounded officer. Gough and two comrades, William Walker and George Rolland, each received the Victoria Cross, the UK and Commonwealth’s highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.
Every VC tells a remarkable tale, but what makes John Gough’s especially notable is that his father, Charles Gough, had won the VC in 1859 for repeated acts of bravery during the Indian Mutiny. Oh, and his uncle, Hugh Gough, had won his own VC two years before that.
Two other families have had fathers and sons honoured with the VC. Frederick Roberts (later Field Marshal Earl Roberts) won his as a lieutenant during the Indian Mutiny; and his son, also Frederick, was posthumously decorated after he was killed rescuing two batteries of artillery during the Second Boer War.
In the same action, Walter Congreve won the VC for his efforts to save Roberts’s life, even while seriously wounded himself. Congreve’s son, Billy Congreve, received a posthumous VC in 1915, following repeated sorties between the lines to tend and rescue wounded soldiers.
Sunday 17th June is Father’s Day, and at Patria we are marking the day with a new T Shirt collection. Choose a gift for the hero in your family, and you will also be helping to support our armed forces charity partners with £5 donated directly to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund. All work tirelessly to promote the welfare of our serving personnel, veterans and their families.