Carton de Wiart was a real “boy’s own hero”. After joining the British Army under age and under an assumed name he saw action in the Second Boar War where he was wounded and invalided out of army. A few years later he re-joined under his real name seeing action in WW1, during which he was wounded many times, inclding losing an eye and an arm, and received the VC for actions at La Boiselle in 1916.
Capt. (temp. Lt.-Col.) Adrian Carton de Wiart, D.S.O., Dn. Gds.
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.
— London Gazette, 9 September 1916.
He went on to have a colourful life, including seeing action and becoming a prisoner of war during WW2.
The bust is of him circa 1916.
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The bust consists of four parts: torso, head, collar and pedestal.