The Story Behind The United Kingdom’s Unkillable Soldier

Serving in the Boer War, First World War, and Second World War, Lieutenant General Sir Adrian Paul Ghislain Carton de Wiart earned the title of the unkillable soldier. Not only did he survive these extremely violent conflicts, but he suffered what should have been fatal wounds in nearly every one. During his military career, he was shot in the stomach, ankle, hip, face, head, ear, and even tore off his own fingers. Moreover, he survived multiple plane crashes and managed to tunnel out of a prisoner-of-war-camp. Rising up the ranks of a soldier, he grew to become a legend. This is the story of the unkillable soldier, a man with war in his blood.

Born Into The Aristocracy

Photo as a soldier

Adrian Carton de Wiart was born in Brussels to an aristocratic family and was the eldest son of Léon Carton de Wiart. However, it was rumored that he was the illegitimate child son of Leopold II, the King of Belgium. Spending most of his childhood in Brussels and England, his father moved the family to Cairo after the death of his mother, where he learned to speak Arabic.

While attending the University of Oxford, he joined the British Army in 1899 during the Second Boer War. He enlisted under the name “Trooper Carton,” claiming he was 25-years-old when he wasn’t older than 20.