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The sobering stories of the Victoria Cross heroes whose lives ended in tragedy or disgrace are told in a new book.
They were the bravest of the brave, earning the highest award for gallantry for acts of unrivalled heroism on the front line.
But their reputations were tarnished by incidents often out of their control and in some cases they were shunned by society.
Author Brian Izzard has highlighted the plight of 27 Victoria Cross holders who befell ignominy in later life in his book Glory And Dishonour including one of the heroes of the remarkable rearguard at Rorke's Drift where 150 British soldiers held off 4,000 enemy warriors.