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Arthur Henry Seton Hart-Synnot CMG, DSO and Bar was a British Army general. He was educated at Clifton College and Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.

He was from a family with history of military service, his uncle Sir Reginald Hart had been awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan.[1]

Hart-Synnot had passed Staff College in 1899 and after the Boer War his career took the staff path, first as an Aide-de-Camp to his uncle,[2][3] and then serving in Japan in 1904 and Hong Kong between 1907–11.[1][4][5] He was promoted major in March 1909.[6] After a tour in Burma with his regiment (1911–13), he was appointed GSO2[7] at GHQ India on 27 October 1913, until October 1916, when he returned to Britain.[1] He deployed to France on New Year’s Day 1917, serving again as a GSO2[8][9][10] with the 17th and 40th Divisions. He became a temporary Brigadier when he was appointed to command 6th Infantry Brigade on 28 April 1918,[11] where he was severely wounded losing both legs.[1] In the 1918 King's Birthday Honours he was awarded a Bar to his DSO.[12] He was also made a Chevalier of the Légion d'Honneur,[13] and awarded the French Croix de guerre.[14] He was placed on the half-pay list and retired as an honorary Brigadier in 1920 as a result of these wounds.[15][16]

He married his nurse Violet Drower who he met whilst convalescing. His love affair with a Japanese woman is the subject of the book The Sword and the Blossom by Peter Pagnamenta.

References

  1. ^ a b c d Profile at a Birmingham University website
  2. ^ London Gazette: no. 27517, p. 390, 20 January 1903. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  3. ^ London Gazette: no. 27625, p. 8198, 11 December 1903. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  4. ^ London Gazette: no. 28010, p. 2330, 5 April 1907. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  5. ^ London Gazette: no. 28015, p. 2734, 23 April 1907. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  6. ^ London Gazette: no. 28233, p. 2038, 16 March 1909. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  7. ^ London Gazette: no. 28785, p. 9541, 26 December 1913. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  8. ^ London Gazette: no. 30005, p. 3110, 30 March 1917. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  9. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30056, p. 4423, 8 May 1917. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  10. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30213, p. 7877, 31 July 1917. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  11. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30731, p. 6757, 4 June 1918. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  12. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30716, pp. 6451–6457, 31 May 1918. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  13. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 30848, p. 9650, 16 August 1918. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  14. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31736, p. 701, 13 January 1920. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  15. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31762, p. 1341, 30 January 1920. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
  16. ^ London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 31772, p. 1661, 6 February 1920. Retrieved on 2008-02-26.
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