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War profiles: Eden, Coward and Macmillan

 
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Famous British servicemen from the First World War such as Anthony Eden, Noel Coward and Harold Macmillan are among those whose stories are published online for the first time.

Anthony Eden

Anthony Eden won the Military Cross during the First World War and later became a Conservative prime minister.

After being rejected for Sandhurst on the grounds of poor eyesight, he subsequently bought a commission in the King's Royal Rifles when the Army reduced its entry standards at the outbreak of war.

Eden arrived in France as a lieutenant in June 1916.During the Battle of Somme he was awarded the MC for rescuing a comrade under fire.

Noel Coward

The actor who played a stiff upper-lipped captain in the 1942 propaganda film In Which We Serve fought a rather less illustrious war in real life. Called up to the Artists' Rifles in March 1918 at the age of 18, he lasted only 158 days.

Doctors described him as "suffering from headaches and general nervous disability" as a result of a childhood bicycle accident.

After his discharge he was awarded the Silver War Badge, despite getting no nearer the front line than a military hospital in Colchester.

Harold Macmillan

The wartime bravery of the man who would later become known as Supermac was regarded with awe by his fellow soldiers.

Macmillan joined the Grenadier Guards in 1915 and, despite being wounded in the hand and head at Loos, returned the following year to Ypres where he escaped with minor facial wounds.

In July 1916, during the Battle of the Somme, he led a raiding party to silence a machinegun post and was hit in the thigh.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/02/20/nheroes220.xml
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