Famous British Soldiers

The British army is the principal land warfare force of United Kingdom. First established in 1660, the British army has resisted numerous wars, battles and conflicts, including the Seven Years' War, Napoleonic Wars, Crimean War, First World War and Second World War. With repeated victories, the British army has established itself as one of the world's leading military powers. It is this status that has allowed Britain to become a world power. And much of the credit for the same goes to the brave, valiant and heroic British soldiers who have even sacrificed their life for the welfare of the country. British soldiers have a fiery sense of patriotism and a deep passion for nationalism. They truly abide by the British army’s official motto, ‘Be the Best’. They are well-equipped to combat situations and are well-trained to take up leadership roles whenever needed. Check this section and know interesting facts about the life of British soldiers.

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 1 Peter Townsend

Peter Townsend.
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Famous As: aviator, writer
Birthdate: November 22, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yangon
Died: June 19, 1995

 2 Walter Raleigh

Walter Raleigh.
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Famous As: Politician, Writer, Explorer, Aristocrat
Birthdate: January 22, 1554
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: East Budleigh
Died: October 29, 1618
English explorer Walter Raleigh is best remembered for his involvement in the Siege of Smerwick and for colonizing North America. He made smoking tobacco popular in England. His accounts of his first voyage to South America led to the legend of El Dorado. He was executed to please the Spanish.

 3 Horatio Nelson

Horatio Nelson.
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Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: September 29, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burnham Thorpe
Died: October 21, 1805

Horatio Nelson was a British flag officer whose inspirational leadership brought about several British naval victories, especially during the Napoleonic Wars. Regarded as one of Britain's heroic figures, Horatio Nelson's legacy remains influential and several monuments, including the Nelson Monument and Nelson's Column, have been created in his memory.

 4 Ant Middleton

Ant Middleton.
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: September 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Hampshire, England

 5 John Smith

John Smith.
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: January 6, 1580
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
Died: June 21, 1631

John Smith was an English explorer, soldier, colonial governor, author, and Admiral of New England. In the early-17th century, Smith played a major role in the establishment of the first indissoluble English settlement in America, which came to be known as the English colony at Jamestown. Apart from helping Jamestown survive various challenges, Smith's leadership also helped the colony flourish.

 6 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein.
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Famous As: Allied Commander in World War II
Birthdate: November 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kennington
Died: March 24, 1976

 7 Mary Read

Mary Read.
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Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1685 AD
Birthplace: London, Kingdom of England
Died: April 28, 1721
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 8 Wilfred Owen

Wilfred Owen.
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 18, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oswestry
Died: November 4, 1918

Wilfred Owen was an English soldier and poet. One of the most important poets during World War I, Owen wrote about the horrors of gas warfare. His life and career inspired a docudrama titled Wilfred Owen: A Remembrance Tale where he was portrayed by Samuel Barnett. In 1989, the Wilfred Owen Association was established to commemorate his life and poetry.

 9 Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset

Henry FitzRoy, Duke of Richmond and Somerset
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 15, 1519
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Blackmore, England
Died: July 22, 1536

 10 Jack Hawkins

Jack Hawkins
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wood Green, London, England, UK
Died: July 18, 1973

 11 Siegfried Sassoon

Siegfried Sassoon.
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Birthdate: September 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matfield, Kent, England
Died: September 1, 1967

 12 Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex

Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex.
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Famous As: Political figure
Birthdate: November 10, 1565
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: England
Died: February 25, 1601

 13 William Marshal, 1st earl of Pembroke

William Marshal, 1st earl of Pembroke
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Famous As: English regent
Birthdate: 1146 AD
Birthplace: Caversham, United Kingdom
Died: May 14, 1219

 14 Adrian Carton de Wiart

Adrian Carton de Wiart
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: May 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brussels
Died: June 5, 1963

 15 Richard Francis Burton

Richard Francis Burton.
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Famous As: Translator
Birthdate: March 19, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torquay
Died: October 20, 1890

 16 Bill Millin

Bill Millin
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: July 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Regina
Died: August 17, 2010

 17 Prince Aly Khan

Prince Aly Khan.
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Famous As: Father of Aga Khan IV
Birthdate: June 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: May 12, 1960

Son of All-India Muslim League president Aga Khan III, Aly Khan was known for his numerous affairs and his marriage to Hollywood star Rita Hayworth. The socialite and race-horse owner was stripped of his inheritance, as Aga Khan’s will mentioned Aly’s son Karim as his successor.

 18 Banastre Tarleton

Banastre Tarleton
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: August 21, 1754
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: January 15, 1833

 19 Andy McNab

Andy McNab
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Famous As: Writer, Autobiographer, Novelist, Soldier
Birthdate: December 28, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Southwark

 20 Henry Tandey

Henry Tandey
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: August 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Royal Leamington Spa
Died: December 20, 1977

 21 Robert Rogers

Robert Rogers
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Famous As: soldier, privateer
Birthdate: November 7, 1731
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Methuen
Died: May 18, 1795

 22 John Bowes-Lyon

John Bowes-Lyon
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Famous As: Stockbroker, Cricketer
Birthdate: April 1, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 7, 1930

 23 Harry Patch

Harry Patch
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: June 17, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Somerset
Died: July 25, 2009

 24 Philip Sidney

Philip Sidney
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 30, 1554
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Penshurst, Kent, England Kent, England
Died: October 17, 1586

 25 Paddy Mayne

Paddy Mayne
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Famous As: Solicitor, Rugby union player, Military personnel, Boxer
Birthdate: January 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newtownards
Died: December 14, 1955

 26 John McAleese

John McAleese
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: April 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Laurieston, Falkirk
Died: August 26, 2011

 27 Nicholas Alkemade

Nicholas Alkemade
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Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: December 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Loughborough
Died: June 22, 1987

 28 Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood

Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood
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Famous As: Politician, Officer
Birthdate: September 26, 1748
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne
Died: March 7, 1810

 29 Arthur Phillip

Arthur Phillip
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Famous As: Navy officer
Birthdate: October 11, 1738
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cheapside, London, England
Died: August 31, 1814

 30 Simon Weston

Simon Weston
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Famous As: Writer, Soldier
Birthdate: August 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caerphilly

 31 Cedric Hardwicke

Cedric Hardwicke
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lye, England
Died: August 6, 1964

 32 Patrick Leigh Fermor

Patrick Leigh Fermor
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 11, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 10, 2011

 33 Simon Mann

Simon Mann
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Famous As: Mercenary, Officer
Birthdate: June 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aldershot

 34 Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire

Andrew Cavendish, 11th Duke of Devonshire
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 3, 2004

 35 Arthur Percival

Arthur Percival
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: December 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aspenden
Died: January 31, 1966

 36 Orde Wingate

Orde Wingate
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Famous As: Officer
Birthdate: February 26, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nainital
Died: March 24, 1944

 37 Frederick Browning

Frederick Browning
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: October 20, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kensington
Died: March 14, 1965

 38 Brian Horrocks

Brian Horrocks
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Famous As: Athletics competitor, Military personnel
Birthdate: September 7, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: India
Died: January 4, 1985

 39 John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher

John Fisher, 1st Baron Fisher
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 25, 1841
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sri Lanka
Died: July 10, 1920

 40 Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat

Simon Fraser, 15th Lord Lovat
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Famous As: Politician, Justice of the Peace, Military personnel
Birthdate: July 9, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beaufort Castle
Died: March 16, 1995

 41 Gonville Bromhead

Gonville Bromhead
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: August 29, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Versailles
Died: February 9, 1891

 42 Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby

Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: April 23, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nottinghamshire, England
Died: May 14, 1936

 43 Stewart Menzies

Stewart Menzies
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Famous As: Intelligence officer
Birthdate: January 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Died: May 29, 1968

 44 Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke

Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: July 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bragnieres-de-Bigorre, France
Died: June 17, 1963

 45 Mike Jackson

Mike Jackson
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Birthdate: March 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sheffield

 46 David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty

David Beatty, 1st Earl Beatty
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Famous As: Politician, Military personnel
Birthdate: January 17, 1871
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: County Wexford
Died: March 11, 1936

 47 Robert Nairac

Robert Nairac
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: August 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mauritius
Died: May 15, 1977

 48 Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence

Thomas of Lancaster, 1st Duke of Clarence
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: September 29, 1387
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 22, 1421

 49 Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester

Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester
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Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: October 3, 1390
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 23, 1447

 50 David Hart Dyke

David Hart Dyke
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Famous As: Military personnel
Birthdate: October 3, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Havant