Lecture | The Victoria Cross and The Battle of Istabulat 21st April 1917
Thu, Apr. 20, 2017 1:30pm — 2:30pm
Friends of The Black Watch Castle and Museum lecture series:
The Battle of Istabulat was part of the Samarrah Campaign in Mesopotamia (Iraq) during the First World War when the British Empire attempted to further its strategic position after the capture of Baghdad from the Ottoman Empire. On the 21st April 1917 The Black Watch went into action in another bloody chapter of trench warfare and hand to hand fighting. By the end of that day the battalion had lost 10 officers and 173 men. Private Charles 'Chay' Melvin was awarded the Victoria Cross; ' For most conspicuous bravery, coolness and resource in action'. Chay Melvin received his Victoria Cross from King George V on 11 December 1919.
100 years after this campaign and outstanding act of bravery Major (Retd) Steve Nicoll will provide an informative illustrated talk about the Victoria Cross and feature the fascinating deeds and life of Private Charles Melvin VC.
Major (Retd) Steve Nicoll was a career Royal Marine for 35 years retiring in 2007. He is a keen hill walker and is endeavoring to complete all 282 Munro's with only 33 remaining.
£7 non-members | £5 Friends | Reservation Recommended | 01738 638152