As a member of the Royal Navy, he was in charge of operating the searchlights on a battleship called the valiant.
It seems to me that he is playing the part of the valiant hero nearing his end.
But Theo was a valiant man – he was a warrior, however unlikely that might seem.
The savage beheading carried out by the thugs of the so-called Islamic State ended the life of brave man and a valiant journalist.
Yet Gore thinks he had a weak hand because of Clinton, and ran a valiant campaign against impossible odds.
Their vessel by the river / they left without a guard, As thus the valiant heroes / rode undaunted castleward.
Stout, valiant, now used euphemistically for fat, is cognate with Ger.
In course of time the valiant Swedes were obliged to give way before their enemy.
And whither does that way lie, O brave ones who command the valiant?
Of course the new comers were fully armed, but, nothing daunted, the valiant Shawanoe assailed them.
early 14c. (late 12c. in surnames), from Anglo-French and Old French valliant "stalwart, brave," from present participle of valoir "be worthy," originally "be strong," from Latin valere "be strong, be well, be worth, have power, be able," from PIE root *wal- "be strong" (cf. Old English wealdan "to rule," Old High German -walt, -wald "power" (in personal names), Old Norse valdr "ruler," Old Church Slavonic vlasti "to rule over," Lithuanian valdyti "to have power," Celtic *walos- "ruler," Old Irish flaith "dominion," Welsh gallu "to be able"). Related: Valiantly.