Robert Lawrence MC

Captain Robert Lawrence MC's story is so extraordinary it became a television play with over 10 million viewers and a bestselling book.

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Born in 1960, Robert joined the Army in 1977 and was commissioned from Sandhurst into the Scots Guards. He served in Belfast and qualified as a jungle warfare instructor in Brunei, later working in Africa. He was selected for 14 Intelligence Company and also participated in Operation Corporate.

It was in the final assault on Mount Tumbledown, East Falklands that was to be the test of Robert's courage and strength. In a moment of victory he was almost killed when an Argentine sniper shot him directly in the head. He lay in the snow on the mountaintop for six hours before being airlifted to a makeshift operating theatre with no painkillers.

His extraordinary bravery in battle and recovery saw him recognised with the Military Cross (MC).

The incident left him wheelchair bound for two years and paralysed down one side of his body. Today, his most visible legacy is a slight limp and a paralysed left arm.

He co-wrote with his father, an account of his experiences during and after the war, When The Fighting Is Over. His story was of such interest that the BBC commissioned a television drama, "Tumbledown", based on the book, starring Colin Firth as Robert.

His work since has included being a Patron for Ticket for Troops and a Mentor for Heropreneurs. Robert also oversaw over £100,000 of fundraising for Combat Stress as a Patron in 2009.He has since established and now runs Global Adventure Plus, a project to help rehabilitate British ex-servicemen through expeditions to foreign countries. His own adventures have taken him to the Arctic, India and Africa (escorting Princes William and Harry).

His extraordinary story is one that needs to be heard to be believed.

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