...the sheer amount of characters who have served in the Household Division mean that The Drum Horse in the Fountain to some extent writes itself. A high-speed account of the life of, say, Alfred Wintle, Patrick Leigh Fermor or Bill Stanley Moss will always astonish and amuse, regardless of the telling. The telling in The Drum Horse in the Fountain, however, is occasionally somewhat flat... Still, to dip in and out of this book is immensely enjoyable. Several of the more obscure anecdotes stand out. The Hon Aubrey Herbert, for instance (the same officer who was offered the Albanian throne), managed to become an Irish Guards officer in the First World War simply by buying an officer’s uniform, “joining the Embarkation parade and boarding the ship on which the Battalion was being transported to fight in France”. The Commanding Officer thought this was good enough, and “allowed him to serve like any other officer”.