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The Drum Horse in the Fountain by Christopher Joll, Anthony Weldon, Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank

The Drum Horse in the Fountain

& Other Tales of Heroes and Rogues in the Guards

Christopher Joll, Anthony Weldon, Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank

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Imprint: Nine Elms Books
Publisher: Nine Elms Books
Publication date: 1 Dec 2018
ISBN: 9781910533406

The public perception of the Guards is of soldiers used for just ceremonial duties. The Drum Horse in the Fountain demonstrates how far from the mark is this image. It captures the careers, accomplishments, follies and the occasional crimes of over three hundred men who have served in the seven Regiments of the British sovereign's personal troops.

3 stars out of 5
4 Feb 2019

"to dip in and out of this book is immensely enjoyable"

...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”.

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