Alfred Wintle

Alfred Wintle

Recipient of the Military Cross
Born Sep 30, 1897

Lieutenant Colonel Alfred Daniel Wintle MC, better known as A.D. Wintle, was a British military officer in the 1st The Royal Dragoons who served in the First and Second World Wars. He was the first non-lawyer to achieve a unanimous verdict in his favour in the House of Lords. He is considered to be one of London's greatest eccentrics.… Read More

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1897 Birth Born in 1897.
1901 4 Years Old The son of a diplomat, Alfred Daniel Wintle was born in Mariopoul, South Russia. In 1901, the family went to live in Dunkirk; he was subsequently educated in France and Germany, becoming fluent in French and German. … Read More


1915 18 Years Old Wintle wished to see military action. In summer 1915, his father agreed to his son’s early entry into the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, from which he was commissioned in less than four months. … Read More


1917 20 Years Old His luck ran out during Third Battle of Ypres in 1917 as he helped manhandle an 18-pounder field gun across a "crater-swamp". … Read More
1919 22 Years Old His Military Cross was gazetted in the London Gazette of 2 April 1919, and the citation was published on 10 December. … Read More


1939 42 Years Old When World War II began in September 1939, Wintle tried everything to persuade his superiors to allow him to go to France. … Read More
1945 48 Years Old After the war, Wintle stood as a Liberal Party candidate for the 1945 General Election at Norwood. … Read More


1955 58 Years Old To publicise the case, in 1955 Wintle served time in prison after forcing Nye to remove his trousers and submit to being photographed. … Read More


1958 61 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1958, Wintle ran out of money and had to present the case himself.
1959 62 Years Old He was the subject of This Is Your Life in 1959 when he was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at London’s Hay's Wharf. … Read More
1961 64 Years Old Another short biography of Wintle can be found in chapter 13 ("Colonel 'Debag' rides again", pp 143–153) of Robert Littell's It takes all kinds published by Reynal & Co, New York, 1961. J.D. Casswell, KC represented Wintle at his World War II court-martial and devotes pages 152–159 to Wintle in his 1961 autobiography, A Lance For Liberty.
1966 69 Years Old Wintle died in May 1966 aged 68 at his home in Wrotham and was cremated at Maidstone Crematorium, although he had wanted a funeral at Canterbury Cathedral with a full church service and the royals on parade playing "My Old Tarpaulin Jacket": … Read More
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