Lt-Gen. Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart

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Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart, VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO

Birthdate: (83)
Birthplace: Brüssel
Death: June 5, 1963 (83)
Killinardrish, Cork, Cork, Ireland
Place of Burial: Cork, Cork, Ireland
Immediate Family:

Son of Leon Constant Ghislain Carton de Wiart and Ernestine Carton De Wiart
Husband of Friederike Maria Carolina Henriette Rosa Sabina Franziska Paulina Carton de Wiart and Joan Carton de Wiart
Father of Anita Thompson and ? Carton de Wiart
Half brother of Béatrice Carton De Wiart; Edith Carton De Wiart; Maurice Carton de Wiart and Marie-Ghislaine Carton De Wiart

Occupation: British Army officer
Managed by: Aloysius Joseph Anthony Rebello
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About Lt-Gen. Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart

Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart[1] VC, KBE, CB, CMG, DSO (5 May 1880 – 5 June 1963), was an English officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He fought in the Boer War, World War I, and World War II; was shot in the face, head, stomach, ankle, leg, hip and ear; survived a plane crash, tunneled out of a POW camp, and bit off his own fingers when a doctor wouldn't amputate them. He later said "frankly I had enjoyed the war."

After returning home from World War II, he was sent to China as Winston Churchill's personal representative. While en route he attended the Cairo Conference.

de Wiart was thought to be a model for the character of Brigadier Ben Ritchie Hook in Evelyn Waugh's trilogy Sword of Honour.

The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography described him so, "With his black eyepatch and empty sleeve, Carton de Wiart looked like an elegant pirate, and became a figure of legend."

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Lt-Gen. Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart's Timeline

May 5, 1880
July 25, 1909
Age 29
Babenhausen, Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany
June 5, 1963
Age 83
Cork, Cork, Ireland
Cork, Cork, Ireland