Last week I published three blogs describing the scene around Moreuil, France, on March 28-30, 1918. At a luncheon in honour of Moreuil Day earlier in March this year I chatted to David Sproule, a retired Royal Canadian Dragoon. He recounted the following:
"When I was in the RCD Reconnaissance Squadron (1961-63)
my Officer Commanding, Major Spike Malone, a former cavalry soldier in
the Dragoons prewar, was based in St. Jean Barracks south of
"Spike was a legend in the corps and used to tell the
story about the visit of President Franklin Roosevelt's visit to Quebec
City in July 1936. The RCD provided a mounted Vice - Regal escort for
Roosevelt's cavalcade. Captain Churchill Mann was the escort commander.
"Apparently one of the Secret Service "G" men
tried to insert himself between the mounted escort and the President's
sedan, an action which one of the escort NCOs objected to. He lowered his lance and
ran the G man through the shoulder. Apparently there was no
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