Edmund Allenby - fast facts

- He was born April 23, 1861, and joined the Inniskilling Dragoons in 1882. - In 1896 he married Adelaide Mabel Chapman. - His military career spanned 45 years and his active service included spells in Africa, France, Flanders, Egypt and Palestine.

- He was born April 23, 1861, and joined the Inniskilling Dragoons in 1882.

- In 1896 he married Adelaide Mabel Chapman.

- His military career spanned 45 years and his active service included spells in Africa, France, Flanders, Egypt and Palestine.

- There is a memorial to him in Beersheba, which he captured after a fierce battle in 1917.

- In the film Lawrence of Arabia, Allenby is played by Jack Hawkins, while John Williams played him in the original run of the play Ross, Anthony Hawkins portrayed him in The Lighthorsemen and John Vine in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones.

- He died in London in 1936 aged 75 and is buried in Westminster Abbey.