Sir Henry Hughes Wilson, 1st Bt (1864-1922), Field-Marshal and politician
Sitter in 17 portraits
Wilson fought in the 'black week' of the Second Boer War when successive defeats in December 1899 shook British confidence. Following the relief of Ladysmith, 1900, he became Lord Roberts's assistant military secretary and returned with him at the end of 1900. His distinguished career during World War One led to his appointment as Chief of the Imperial General Staff, 1918-22, and Field Marshal, 1919. Shortly after his election as Conservative MP for North Down, Northern Ireland, he was killed by Irish Republicans.