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World War 1

January 20, 2014

The National Archives have made some World War 1 letters available online.These are operational letters ie not private and  they will be very helpful for those not able to get to Kew and look at the originals. So far there are available letters relating to the first 3 cavalry regiments and the first seven infantry regiments of the British Army in World War 1. The marking of the centenary of WW1 will provide an opportunity to gather and put on line private material from World War 1.
On, Bob Shayler has been sharing a wealth of photographs with great descriptions. There are photographs of a family whose links with the army and navy go back to the First World War, from India and Ireland as well as England. Simply brilliant!

Royal Marines Light Infantry, Portsmouth 1915. C. W. Pook below the x


And then there is a poignant story about the lineage of a racehorse. Told by Sandra Barber, I leave Sandra to tell the story of the link between an exceptional racehorse and World War 1.

Shortly before the First World War, a tired and worried British army officer, arrived at the home of a farmer in County Meath, Ireland, leading a thoroughbred mare. He had been called up for service in France and he asked the farmer if he would take the mare and care for her until his return, when he would settle up what was owing. The farmer, a Mr Laurence Geraghty, was a great lover of horses and he told the officer that he would be only too pleased to look after her in his absence. The officer knew that she would be well-cared for and left happy in the knowledge she would have a good home. Sadly, the officer never returned, and Mr Geraghty was left with the mare “Miller’s Pride.” Later on, aged eighteen, she bred the famous “Golden Miller” and “May Crescent,” (another good winner in America.) Every foal that “Miller’s Pride” bore, was a winner. Who the army officer was, I don’t know. It is a bitter-sweet story obviously because of the death of the soldier (assuming he was killed) but had he returned the mare would probably never have been put in foal and  horseracing would have been deprived of an exceptional horse


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