A WAR hero shot multiple times has been commemorated for his bravery in a recent tank exhibition.

Elliott Hotblack was awarded a Military Cross for gallantry in September 1918.

He is one of the most decorated soldiers celebrated in the Tank Museum’s WW1 exhibition: Tank Men.

The display follows the stories of eight men through WW1 and beyond.

Joining the Army in 1914 as an officer, he was shot by a sniper during the Battle of Festubert.

Two years later in 1917, he was wounded again, suffering a suspected fractured skull on the first day of the battle of Arras.

He was evacuated to a Red Cross hospital but then "escaped" to return to his comrades.

While attacking a German position his tank was knocked out.

Despite being injured he made sure the wounded got to safety and defended against an impending German counter-attack.

Now - more than a hundred years on - his family visited the Tank Museum to pay their respects to their "much admired ancestor".

They gave the museum curator David Willey wine from Cambrai, France - the location of the famous tank advance in 1917.

Within the museum’s archive is a card wishing “Christmas Greetings” from Hotblack himself.

Curator David Willey, said: “Hotblack, who went on to become a Major-General, was one of the most extraordinary early Tank Corps officers.

“He was a boys’ own hero of outstanding bravery but also intelligent, very human and caring,"

He added: "We have an exhibition in which his story is told, and he is depicted with a life-size model, and this Christmas card adds another angle to his and the other servicemen’s lives."