A Midland war hero famed for his fighting spirit and leadership on the battlefield has died aged 81.
General Sir Anthony FarrarHockley, who became an outspoken commentator on Army affairs, was awarded a DSO (Distinguished Service Order) for outstanding leadership qualities at the 1951 battle of the Imjin River in Korea.
Sir Anthony was a prisoner of war in Korea, tackled rebels in Aden and Cyprus and faced down the IRA which tried to blow him up with a hosepipe bomb. The attempt was foiled because of a hosepipe ban.
Sir Anthony went to Korea in 1950 as adjutant of the 1st Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment during its epic stand on Hill 235, when the 29 Infantry Brigade was attacked by 10,000 Chinese troops and the 1st Gloucesters were surrounded.
He was in the trenches, spurring on his men. He was the last to fall back when they abandoned position and was captured.
His order at the height of the battle to drown out the daunting blare of the Chinese assault trumpets with calls from the British Army bugle has entered regimental folklore.
He was taken prisoner by the Chinese but his captors' attempts to brainwash him in two years in PoW camps failed as he preferred to argue with them and made six escape attempts.
The general was released on Armistice Day in July 1953.
The son of a journalist, Anthony Heritage Farrar Hockley was born in Coventry on April 8 1924 and educated at Exeter School.
Aged 15, he ran away from school at the outbreak of the Second World War and enlisted in the Gloucestershire Regiment. He was found out and discharged, but re-listed in 1941.
His career began with the 70th Young Soldiers' Battalion and included winning a Military Cross with 6th Parachute Battalion during the Communist rebellion in Athens in December 1944 where he got food to the starving of Thebes. He was in the campaign against the Eoka terrorist movement in Cyprus, the Suez landings in 1956 - after which he was appointed MBE - and in the British intervention in Jordan in 1958.
He was a college chief instructor at Sandhurst and in 1962 took over command of 3rd Battalion The Parachute Regiment in the Gulf.
He was 46 when promoted major-general and appointed Commander Land Forces Northern Ireland in August 1970.
In 1977 he was knighted in the Queen's Birthday Honours and two years later took up his final military appointment as Nato's Commander in Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe.
After retiring in 1982, Sir Anthony spent time writing about military affairs and working as a defence consultant.
As former commander of Land Forces Northern Ireland, he was an IRA target. Its plan to kill him with a bomb attached to a garden hosereel at home in Moulsford, Oxfordshire, in August 1990, was foiled when his chauffeur spotted it.
Because of a hosepipe ban it was not being used and the bomb failed to explode when the reel was picked up by his five year-old grandson Callum.
Sir Anthony died on Saturday. He is survived by his wife, Linda Wood, who he married in 1983, and two sons from his first 1945 marriage to Margaret Bernadette Wells. She died in 1981.