Author, journalist and editor Harold Begbie knew P.G. from his days
at the Globe; Begbie went on to publish a short-lived magazine called V.C.
(the popular abbreviation of Victoria Cross, the highest award Great Britain
bestows for military valor) which was published about men who had won the
honor. References to V.C. are scarce, but in June 1903, a periodical called
The Writer in Boston, of all places, said: “The latest success
in London weekly journalism is called V. C. Its tone is high, and the spirit
in which the paper is edited reminds the reader of President Roosevelt’s
‘strenuous life.’ ” (In June 1903 Begbie wrote the words to ‘The
Ballad of the Victoria Cross’ with music by Alicia Adelaide Needham,
which is still used today on gravesites and in ceremonies honoring V.C.
recipients.) [from John Dawson]