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Harold Alexander
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Military Personnel
    (December 10, 1891-June 16, 1969)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    British field marshal
    Commander-in-Chief, Middle East Command (1942-43)
    Supreme Allied Commander, Mediterranean Theater (1944-45)
    Governor-General of Canada (1946-52)
    Minister of Defence (1952-54)
    Elevated to the peerage as First Earl Alexander of Tunis
    While serving as a volunteer with the Baltic Landswehr during the Latvian War of Independence, he was shot by one of his own sentries (October 9, 1919).
    He clashed with Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery, who called him 'incompetent.'
    While Governor General of Canada, he slipped away from Princess Elizabeth's royal tour to get in a day of fishing (1951).
    As Defence Minister, he had little real power, since Prime Minister Winston Churchill continued making most of the important decisions himself.
    During World War I, he received the Military Cross for bravery, the Distinguished Service Order and the French Legion of Honor.
    He oversaw the British evacuation at Dunkirk, leaving the beach on the last destroyer (June 3, 1940).
    General Omar Bradley named him one of the ten all-time greatest military leaders.
    He racked up 184,000 miles travelling through Canada during his term as Governor-General.
    He was a member of the organizing committee for Queen Elizabeth's coronation and carried the Sovereign's Orb during the coronation procession (1953).

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