New Zealand’s greatest war hero was the subject of this 1985 episode of This is Your Life. Charles Upham was one of only three people to receive the Victoria Cross twice and the only combat soldier. The reserved Upham has little to say about himself when confronted with Bob Parker’s red book, but is full of praise for those he served with. And they are on hand in numbers to honour their former comrade. There are stories of bravery and humour from the battles in Crete and Egypt to Colditz Castle where Upham was held after being wounded and captured.
Tonight you’re going to be meeting one of our country’s heroes. A person that most of us have heard of but very few of us really know that much about.– Bob Parker, presenter
Thanks to format creator and rights holder Ralph Edwards Productions and Bob Parker for allowing NZ On Screen to show this title on this website