Saturday, June 02, 2007

Greatest Hampshire Britain?

"THE HAMPSHIRE TOP 100. Who do you think are the men and women who have made Hampshire famous around the world? "asks The Daily Echo at their website.

I'm plumping for Field Marshal Bernard Law 'Monty' Montgomery, 1st Viscount Montgomery of Alamein, KG, GCB, DSO, PC (17 November 1887–24 March 1976), He successfully commanded Allied forces at the Battle of El Alamein (his finest moment?), itself a major turning point in World War II, and troops under his command were largely responsible for the expulsion of Axis forces from North Africa. He was later a prominent commander in Italy and North-West Europe, where he was in command of all Allied ground forces during Operation Overlord until after the Battle of Normandy.
He lived at Alton in where in retirement he wrote the sublime 'Concise History of Warfare' and is buried at Holy Cross Churchyard at Binstead in Hampshire.
Craig David, Shain Warne, Ken Russell and all the rest may all be tremondous talents but they would not be able to practise their craft if Montgomery had not defeated the facists 60 years ago.
Aparently, other contenders include; Will Champion, Lord Denning ,Colin Firth, Lord Nelson, Charles Dickens, Mark Knopfler, Craig David, Benny Hill, Matt Le Tissier, Jane Austin, Ellen MacArthur, King Alfred, Jack Hargreaves and R.J. Mitchell.


Blogger Matt Dean said...

I see my choice, complete with my comments but in their editorial wisdom, unattributed to me, has been published in today's Echo!

3:29 pm  

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