Below is a blog post that many enjoyed when first posted some months ago. The occasion for the repeat is the upcoming observance in the modern "Black Hat" (ie armoured) community of the Battle of Moreuil Wood. The 96th anniversary of that seminal event is March 30th this year.
"It has been some time since I posted a blog that relates to the
Canadian Cavalry Brigade, so I am indebted to a correspondent who lives
on the Isle of Wight for this item.
of "Galloper Jack" will know that Brigadier-General J. E. B. Seely
commanded the CCB for most of the Great War, succeeded in April 1918 by
Colonel R. W. Paterson of the Fort Garry Horse. In the photo at left,
Seely is in the left foreground, a slim, upright man.
For a brief film clip of Galloper Jack recorded in 1933, click here.
After the Canadian cavalry, Seely valued his neighbours and fellow
lifeboatmen of the Isle of Wight. In the clip, Lord Mottistone, as he
had become, is the tall figure in the white hat. At the centre of the
action, as always.
Galloper Jack is a big part of my prizewinning novel, "Soldier of the Horse". Check it out on Amazon here."