Lt.Gn. Adrian Carton VC, DSO.
British Army 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish)
Lieutenant-General Sir Adrian Carton de Wiart was a British officer of Belgian and Irish descent. He received the Victoria Cross when he was 36 years old, and a lieutenant-colonel in the 4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish) attached to the Gloucestershire Regiment, commanding the 8th Battalion, on 2/3 July 1916, at La Boiselle, France:
"For most conspicuous bravery, coolness and determination during severe operations of a prolonged nature. It was owing in a great measure to his dauntless courage and inspiring example that a serious reverse was averted. He displayed the utmost energy and courage in forcing our attack home. After three other battalion Commanders had become casualties, he controlled their commands, and ensured that the ground won was maintained at all costs. He frequently exposed himself in the organisation of positions and of supplies, passing unflinchingly through fire barrage of the most intense nature. His gallantry was inspiring to all."