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Heroism Collection

"Unyielding Courage: A Glimpse into Heroism Through Time" In the face of adversity, heroes emerge from all walks of life

Background imageHeroism Collection: Attack of the Ulster Division, 1 July 1916, (c1930). Creator: James Prinsep Beadle

Attack of the Ulster Division, 1 July 1916, (c1930). Creator: James Prinsep Beadle
Attack of the Ulster Division, 1 July 1916, (c1930). Scene from the Battle of the Somme in northern France during the First World War

Background imageHeroism Collection: Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, lst Viscount Baden-Powell, English soldier

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, lst Viscount Baden-Powell, English soldier. Baden-Powell (1857-1941) became famous as the defender of Mafeking in the Boer War (1899-1902)

Background imageHeroism Collection: Britains Sea Power Is Yours

Britains Sea Power Is Yours
World War Two propaganda poster for the Royal Navy - Britains Sea Power Is Yours - depicting a British submarine crew at action stations during an attack

Background imageHeroism Collection: Gelert, c1894, (c1902). Creator: Unknown

Gelert, c1894, (c1902). Creator: Unknown
Gelert, c1894, (c1902). After a painting in the Reading Museum & Town Hall. Depiction of a Welsh legend in which the faithful Gelert saves a child from a wolf. From The Nations Pictures

Background imageHeroism Collection: Waterloo, The Charge of the Scots Greys (colour litho)

Waterloo, The Charge of the Scots Greys (colour litho)
2780524 Waterloo, The Charge of the Scots Greys (colour litho) by Wood, Stanley L. (1866-1928) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Waterloo, The Charge of the Scots Greys)

Background imageHeroism Collection: Roman statue of a drunken Hercules

Roman statue of a drunken Hercules. The mythical Greek hero Heracles, son of Zeus and the mortal Alcmene

Background imageHeroism Collection: Michael O leary Poster

Michael O leary Poster
Recruitment poster from WWI encouraging men to join an Irish regiment and emulate the bravery of their fellow countryman, Sergeant Michael O Leary VC

Background imageHeroism Collection: The South Wales Borderers at the Defence of Rorkes Drift, South Africa, Zulu War

The South Wales Borderers at the Defence of Rorkes Drift, South Africa, Zulu War, 1879 (colour litho)
980957 The South Wales Borderers at the Defence of Rorkes Drift, South Africa, Zulu War, 1879 (colour litho) by English School

Background imageHeroism Collection: Image of Che Guevara on wall outside apartment, Havana, Cuba, West Indies

Image of Che Guevara on wall outside apartment, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imageHeroism Collection: Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851. Creator: Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze

Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851. Creator: Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze
Washington Crossing the Delaware, 1851

Background imageHeroism Collection: How Piper Laidlaw won the Victoria Cross on September 25, 1915, (c1920). Creator

How Piper Laidlaw won the Victoria Cross on September 25, 1915, (c1920). Creator
How Piper Laidlaw won the Victoria Cross on September 25, 1915, (c1920). Playing the 7th Kings Own Scottish Borderers out of their trenches at the Battle of Loos in the midst of the gas attack

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V. C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939)

The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V. C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939)
The Gordon Highlanders. How Piper Findlater won the V.C. at Dargai, 1897, (1939). The Storming of the Dargai Heights by the 1st Gordon Highlanders and the Gurkhas, 1897

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar, 1789. Creator: John Trumbull

The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar, 1789. Creator: John Trumbull
The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar, 1789

Background imageHeroism Collection: Lenin, (c1930), (1939). Creator: Aleksandr Gerasimov

Lenin, (c1930), (1939). Creator: Aleksandr Gerasimov
Lenin, (c1930), (1939). Portrait of Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Ilich Lenin (1870-1924). Lenin was the first Soviet head of state, prime minister of the USSR

Background imageHeroism Collection: Sub - Officer Joseph Moore of the Vauxhall Fire Brigade, entered the premises above

Sub - Officer Joseph Moore of the Vauxhall Fire Brigade, entered the premises above a blazing oil shop in Ram Payne Street

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Last Shot by Matania

The Last Shot by Matania
A group of British seamen gunners straining to fire a final shot at a German ship as their own ship sinks beneath them. The caption notes that this was a common occurrence with light cruisers

Background imageHeroism Collection: Major John Rouse Merriott Chard, VC, 1881

Major John Rouse Merriott Chard, VC, 1881. Chard (1847-1897), then a Lieutenant in the Royal Engineers, commanded the British defenders at Rorkes Drift, South Africa, in January 1879

Background imageHeroism Collection: Arrival of Aeneas in Italy, the Dawn of the Roman Empire, (c1620-1680?). Artist: Claude Lorrain

Arrival of Aeneas in Italy, the Dawn of the Roman Empire, (c1620-1680?). Artist: Claude Lorrain
Arrival of Aeneas in Italy, the Dawn of the Roman Empire, (c1620-c1680?). Aeneas, hero of Troy, son of Anchises and Aphrodite (Venus)

Background imageHeroism Collection: Hercules Brings Cerberus to Eurystheus, with Hermes and Athena, c6th century BC

Hercules Brings Cerberus to Eurystheus, with Hermes and Athena, c6th century BC. Greek Vase from an Etruscan Tomb

Background imageHeroism Collection: Portrait of Che Guevara, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Portrait of Che Guevara, Havana, Cuba, West Indies, Central America

Background imageHeroism Collection: A statue of Hercules and Cerberus

A statue of Hercules and Cerberus
Hercules is capturing Cerberus and completeing his twelfth labour. This is from the portal of the Michaelertrakt, Hofburg, Vienna

Background imageHeroism Collection: War Bonds Poster Wwi

War Bonds Poster Wwi
World War One poster encouraging the public to do their bit by buying National war bonds to help fund the war effort

Background imageHeroism Collection: Marcus Curtius, from the series The Roman Heroes, 1586. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

Marcus Curtius, from the series The Roman Heroes, 1586. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
Marcus Curtius, from the series The Roman Heroes, 1586

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Dragon Devouring the Companions of Cadmus, 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

The Dragon Devouring the Companions of Cadmus, 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
The Dragon Devouring the Companions of Cadmus, 1588

Background imageHeroism Collection: Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs, ca. 1800. Creator: Unknown

Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs, ca. 1800. Creator: Unknown
Hanuman Bearing the Mountaintop with Medicinal Herbs, ca. 1800. Hanumans mighty tail carries his army

Background imageHeroism Collection: Peggy Prince

Peggy Prince received an M.B.E. after making two journeys out to sea in a canoe in order to rescue the crew of a crashed bomber, saving the wireless operators life. 1940

Background imageHeroism Collection: Severn Tunnel Diver

Severn Tunnel Diver
The brave diver Alexander Lambert descending the shaft into the flooded tunnel. In Fleuss diving gear, he closed the headwall door and prevented further flooding

Background imageHeroism Collection: Krishna Subduing Kaliya, the Snake Demon: Folio from a Bhagavata Purana Series, ca

Krishna Subduing Kaliya, the Snake Demon: Folio from a Bhagavata Purana Series, ca. 1785. Krishna battles Kaliya, a hundred-headed serpent (naga) who was poisoning the river Yamuna

Background imageHeroism Collection: Beowulf shears off the head of Grendel, 1910. Artist: John Henry Frederick Bacon

Beowulf shears off the head of Grendel, 1910. Artist: John Henry Frederick Bacon
Beowulf shears off the head of Grendel, 1910. A print from Hero Myths and Legends of the British Race by MI Ebbutt, 1910

Background imageHeroism Collection: Agnes, Countess of Dunbar (1312?-1369), known as Black Agnes, 1338 (early 20th century)

Agnes, Countess of Dunbar (1312?-1369), known as Black Agnes, 1338 (early 20th century). She is seen on the battlements at the defence of Dunbar Castle in 1337-1338 when her husband

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Farnese Hercules, 18th century

The Farnese Hercules, 18th century. Found in the collection of The Hermitage, St Petersburg

Background imageHeroism Collection: Wedding of Captain La Touche Congreve V. C

Wedding of Captain La Touche Congreve V. C
Marriage of Captain (later Major) William La Touche Congreve to Miss Pamela Maude, the daughter of actor Cyril Maude. Major Congreve was awarded the Victoria Cross for his actions at at Longueval

Background imageHeroism Collection: Captain Scott film poster, 1913 C014 / 2073

Captain Scott film poster, 1913 C014 / 2073
Captain Scott film poster. This 1913 film told the story of the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913), led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott (1868-1912)

Background imageHeroism Collection: Victoria Cross: Lieuts T Melvill and N J A Coghill, at Isandhlwana, 1879 (colour litho)

Victoria Cross: Lieuts T Melvill and N J A Coghill, at Isandhlwana, 1879 (colour litho)
6019810 Victoria Cross: Lieuts T Melvill and N J A Coghill, at Isandhlwana, 1879 (colour litho) by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Lieuts T Melvill and N J A Coghill)

Background imageHeroism Collection: A Heroic Deed of the Royal Horse Artillery Near Compiegne, (1919). Creator: Unknown

A Heroic Deed of the Royal Horse Artillery Near Compiegne, (1919). Creator: Unknown
A Heroic Deed of the Royal Horse Artillery Near Compiegne, (1919). Scene from the First World War: at the Battle of Nery in September 1914, the British 1st Cavalry Brigade and L Battery

Background imageHeroism Collection: Thus Did A Hundred Men Keep Three Thousand Savages At Bay, c1908, (c1920)

Thus Did A Hundred Men Keep Three Thousand Savages At Bay, c1908, (c1920). Artist: Joseph Ratcliffe Skelton
Thus Did A Hundred Men Keep Three Thousand Savages At Bay, c1908, (c1920). In 1877, Theophilus Shepstone (1817-1893) a British South African statesman was responsible for the annexation of

Background imageHeroism Collection: Dorando Pietri finishing the first modern Olympic marathon, London, 1908

Dorando Pietri finishing the first modern Olympic marathon, London, 1908. The marathon at the London Olympics of 1908 was run in ususually hot conditions

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Story of Theseus, mid-15th century. Artist: Master of the Cassoni

The Story of Theseus, mid-15th century. Artist: Master of the Cassoni
The Story of Theseus, mid-15th century. Theseus lands on Crete from Athens and sets out to kill the Minotaur, the bull-headed monster which King Minos has had imprisoned in the labyrinth built by

Background imageHeroism Collection: British pilot Captain Albert Ball posing with trophies from his 43rd victory, 1917

British pilot Captain Albert Ball posing with trophies from his 43rd victory, 1917. Captain Ball was one of Britains most prolific fighter aces of the First World War

Background imageHeroism Collection: Private John Caffrey VC

Private John Caffrey VC
Illustration recording the VC action of Private John Joseph Caffrey VC (1891-1953) at La Brique, France in November 1915. His citation reads as follows: On 16 November 1915 near La Brique, France

Background imageHeroism Collection: Michael O Leary V. C. WW1

Michael O Leary V. C. WW1
Major Michael John O Leary VC (29 September 1890 2 August 1961), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to

Background imageHeroism Collection: Heroic deeds of the War - Corporal Josephine M C Robins

Heroic deeds of the War - Corporal Josephine M C Robins
Heroic deeds of WW2 - Corporal Josephine M C Robins, a member of the Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WaF). Awarded the Military Medal (MM)

Background imageHeroism Collection: The Illustrated London News, 1940

The Illustrated London News, 1940
Page from the Illustrated London News describing the heroism of Lieutenant Robert Davies(1900-1975), who received the George Cross for commanding the bomb disposal unit which saved St

Background imageHeroism Collection: Will They Never Come? World War One poster

Will They Never Come? World War One poster
World War One recruitment poster using a photograph from the Weekly Dispatch showing a bloodied and bandaged British soldier who having just dispatched the enemy with his rifle simultaneously

Background imageHeroism Collection: Sergeant Somers holding back the enemy by bombing them when a barricade was being raised

Sergeant Somers holding back the enemy by bombing them when a barricade was being raised
STC413345 Sergeant Somers holding back the enemy by bombing them when a barricade was being raised (litho) by Valda, John Harris (d.1941); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageHeroism Collection: Red Cross Nurse in WWI

Red Cross Nurse in WWI
3781054 Red Cross Nurse in WWI by Hatherell, William (1855-1928); (add.info.: Red Cross nurse supporting an injured soldier and child dseeking shelter)

Background imageHeroism Collection: Rob Roys grave at Balquhidder Parish Church, Stirling, Scotland

Rob Roys grave at Balquhidder Parish Church, Stirling, Scotland. Robert Roy MacGregor (c1671-1734), also known as Red MacGregor, was an outlaw and Scottish folk hero of the 18th century

Background imageHeroism Collection: Corporate J. L. Dawson VC

Corporate J. L. Dawson VC
Corporal James Lennox Dawson VC of the Royal Engineers (1891-1967) pictured performing the action for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross in October 1915



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"Unyielding Courage: A Glimpse into Heroism Through Time" In the face of adversity, heroes emerge from all walks of life. From the valiant soldiers who fought in the Attack of the Ulster Division on 1 July 1916, to the visionary leadership of Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, heroism takes many forms. Even ancient legends depict heroism with a touch of irony; a Roman statue portrays Hercules in his drunken state, reminding us that even flawed individuals can rise above their shortcomings to achieve greatness. Heroes are not limited to battlefields alone. Michael O'Leary's poster exemplifies modern-day heroism through entrepreneurship and innovation. His relentless pursuit transformed an entire industry and inspired countless others to challenge conventions. The Gordon Highlanders' Piper Findlater winning the V. C. At Dargai in 1897 showcases how ordinary people can perform extraordinary acts when faced with unimaginable circumstances. Heroic tales extend beyond national borders as well. "Britain's Sea Power Is Yours" reminds us of the courage displayed by sailors who protected their homeland against formidable foes across vast oceans. Che Guevara's image on a wall in Havana serves as a reminder that heroism is not confined to conventional notions but can also be found within those fighting for social justice and equality worldwide. From historical events like The South Wales Borderers defending Rorke's Drift during the Zulu War in 1879, to iconic moments captured by artists like Washington Crossing the Delaware or The Sortie Made by the Garrison of Gibraltar, heroes have shaped our world throughout history. Lenin's portrait reflects his role as a revolutionary leader whose actions left an indelible mark on society during tumultuous times. Similarly, General Gordon's tragic death symbolizes sacrifice and unwavering dedication towards noble causes. These glimpses into various facets remind us that bravery knows no boundaries or limitations.