Those who managed to attend this event, despite the transport disruption on the day, were treated, firstly, to a most interesting talk by Liveryman John Slough who described the War Horse Ride he participated in during the summer to mark the 100th anniversary of World War 1. The event commemorated the 8,500 men and the horses of the British Cavalry Division, all of whom played a crucial part in the early months of the Great War. It also helped to raise money for The Not Forgotten Association, a charity supporting wounded or sick members of the armed forces and ex-service men and women with disabilities.
Some 35 riders, each representing one of the regiments and corps that comprised the Cavalry Division, set out to ride 100 miles across northern France over five days following a route that took in the sites of some of the most famous cavalry actions of the opening weeks of the war. Each ride wore the same uniform and carried the same weapons and accoutrements that their predecessors did in 1914. John’s own 13-pdr field gun, drawn by a six-horse gun team, and a contemporary horse drawn GS wagon formed an integral part of the Ride.
At the conclusion of his talk, John presented the Company with a statuette that is an exact replica of the Royal Artillery Memorial at Hyde Park Corner in London.
We were then entertained to carols by pupils from the local English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, before being joined by Santa Claus, laden with presents for the children and adults alike. There was then an opportunity to indulge in mulled wine and Christmas fare. The proceeds of the event were shared between the School and the Company’s charitable fund.