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Christopher Joll and Anthony Weldon have captured the careers, accomplishments, follies and the occasional crimes of over three hundred of the officers and men who have served in the seven Regiments (two Household Cavalry and five Foot Guards) of the sovereign’s personal troops.
The book revolves around the capture of one of Napoleon’s famous Eagles at the Battle of Waterloo. This epic story plunges the reader into the depths and passions of the Napoleonic era and discovers the lost heroes of the Battle.
Reverend David Railton MC served as a chaplain on the Western Front during World War I. Attached to three divisions between 1916 and 1918, Railton supported the soldiers in their worst moments; he buried the fallen, comforted the wounded, wrote to the families of the missing and killed, and helped the survivors to remember and mark the loss of their comrades so that they were able to carry on. He was with his men at many battles, including High Wood, the Aisne, Passchendaele; he received the Military Cross for rescuing an officer and two men under heavy fire on the Somme. It was Railton’s idea to bring home the body of an unidentified fallen comrade from the battlefields to be buried in Westminster Abbey, and on Armistice Day 1920, he was there in the Abbey as the Unknown Warrior was laid to rest with full honors.Although suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, he returned to work as a parish priest in Margate, where he took particular interest in supporting ex-servicemen who had returned home to the aftermath of a terrible war and crippling unemployment.While the story of the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior has been told before, this is the first book to explore David Railton’s life and war, and of ?the padre’s flag’ he used as an altar cloth and shroud throughout the war. The flag was consecrated a year after the burial of the Unknown Warrior and hangs in Westminster Abbey to this day.
A history of The Household Cavalry narrated by Michael Portillo. The history is told through original footage and through historical recreations performed during a pageant celebrating the opening of the Household Cavalry Museum by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in 2007.( PAL ONLY AVAILABLE).
The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment on early riding drill, crossing the bridge over the Serpentine in Hyde Park, London.
A Photograph by Henry Dallal.
The Trusted Guardians introduces young readers to one of Britain’s great institutions, The Household Cavalry. The books is also an ideal resource to teach history at Key stages 1 and 2.
World War One trench orders.
Union Flag Belgian tapestry cushion from Evans of Lichfield.