Mark of the Lion: The Story of Capt. Charles Upham, V.C.

Charles Upham was the great New Zealand war hero He was one of the few people in history to have won the Victoria Cross twice, setting new standards of personal heroism during World War II Mark of the Lion: The Story of Capt. Charles Upham, V.C. and Bar


About the Author: Kenneth Sandford

A part time author, Kenneth Sandford was Crown Prosecutor in Hamilton for 22 years before moving to Wellington to become the first Chairman of the Accident Compensation Corporation in 1973, which established New Zealand s unique form of no fault accident insurance In 1981 he returned to the Law and was awarded the Companion of the Order fo St Michael and St George for public service Kenneth died in 2005 aged 91.



10 thoughts on “Mark of the Lion: The Story of Capt. Charles Upham, V.C. and Bar

  1. says:

    Leaving alone for a moment the facts of Charles Upham, the only combat solider to be awarded two Victoria Crosses, this book is very well written There is no unnecessary fawning, it is well paced and it quotes other publications or people without becoming list of quotations 4 5 for the writing.As to the content, there is probably one one other New Zealander to measure up near Charles Upham, and that is Sir Ed Hillary Military memoirs are not for


  2. says:

    This is one of the best biographies I have read and a truly inspirational read Charles Upham was truly a remarkable man, not just for earning two Victoria Crosses during combat in World War 2, but also by the fine leadership examples he set and the way he humbly lived his life The book is also very descriptive of the battle scenes and his horrifying early days in captivity while he was wounded A must read for any body.


  3. says:

    Why is this not a movie


  4. says:

    A Reluctant HeroCharles Upham was small in stature and rather shy and retiring by nature, but he also had an inbuilt hatred of injustice and wrongness Whenever he encountered anything wrong or unjust, he became a passionate force of nature and could wither bullies with an implacable look from his ice blue eyes He was educated at Waihi prep school, south of Christchurch and then at Christ s College, THE premier boys school in Christchurch Although Christ s


  5. says:

    A fascinating tale of a fascinating man Some of the stories are so seemingly incredulous, that one can scarcely believe they are real If you were watching a movie with this plot, you would laugh it off as a Hollywood bravado ala Ethan Hunt, Jason Bourne, John Wick You would think it impossible, surely no human is indeed capable of these feats I grew up in New Zealand when Upham was still alive and knew he was a VC bar war hero and that he was humble, but his


  6. says:

    An amazing book why the library in the city he comes from only has one copy that can be taken out I asked a local book shop you can still buy it I can only say what a hero.


  7. says:

    Reads somewhat like a Boys Own adventure but in this case the almost superhuman heroism is all true.


  8. says:

    Great book, incredible true story


  9. says:

    An outstanding man and outstanding events


  10. says:

    great book amazing guy couldn t put it down


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