Francis Arthur Sutton

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Major General Francis Arthur Sutton M.C. (born England 14 February 1884, died Hong Kong 22 October 1944) was an English adventurer known as "One Arm Sutton" after losing part of an arm by a hand grenade at the Battle of Gallipoli where he was awarded the Military Cross.[1][2]

Sutton held a commission in the Royal Engineers[3] during World War I. Following the war he built railways in Mexico and Argentina and also mined in Siberia and Korea.

Sutton travelled to China where he had purchased manufacturing rights for the Stokes Mortar that he provided to various warlords.[4] He became a major general for the Chinese warlord Zhang Zuolin.

During World War II he was interned in Hong Kong [1] where he died of dysentery.[5][6][7]



  • Sutton, F. A. One Arm Sutton 1933 Macmillan
  • Drage, Charles General of Fortune: The Story of One Arm Sutton 1973 White Lion Publishers