Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart(1880-1963), General; recipient of the Victoria Cross
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Lieutenant-general and war hero. Carton de Wiart who was half-Belgian, half-Irish joined the British Army in 1899 and served in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War. During these conflicts he was wounded eight times and lost his left eye and left hand. It was while commanding the 8th Battalion, Gloucestershire Regiment that Carton de Wiart earned his Victoria Cross for 'most conspicuous bravery, coolness and determination during severe operations of a prolonged nature' at La Boiselle, France in July 1916. During the Second World War, Carton de Wiart was a prisoner of war in Italy from 1941 to 1943. In later years his diplomatic skills were employed in missions to Poland and China, where he was sent as Churchill's personal representative.