Gladeye the War Horse by Brigadier Walter Brooke *Spoiler Alert*
Teeny bit disappointed when I read this book as I was expecting another War Horse or Warrior but I think it’s aimed at a much younger reader.
It follows the same pattern though, with Gladeye being born in Ireland, his mother teaches him how to jump, he's sold to a military officer, he jumps at Olympia and other big shows etc. goes hunting, then off to war, becomes ill with a fever, recovers and has more war experiences.
The part I liked best is where he meets H.R.H Princess Elizabeth and Margaret Rose and they give him 20 lumps of sugar. The book is dedicated to HRH Princess Elizabeth.
Walter Brooke is the brother of Geoffrey Brooke who wrote Horse Lovers and Horse-Sense and Horsemanship of Today.
Post by Peter Coaker on Jan 31, 2012 12:01:01 GMT 1
You are quite correct about the younger reader, Gladeye in its original form was written long before it was published, as a story for Walter Brooke's daughter "Diana" and her brother "John". As such it almost glosses over the terrible deprivations and hardships endured by man and horse in The 1st World War. I have in my possession the regimental diaries of The KOYLI (Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry) which were mounted light infantry, which tells a different story. In a lighter moment it tells of Major (Which he was at the time) Brooke's hounds having a good run, they crossed the line and Johnnie Turk cheered them on. When Geoffrey and Walter competed in Dublin they were effectively forming Britain's first international showjumping team. Last year we presented a photo of Walter and Gladeye jumping in Dublin to the R.D.S Library at The Dublin Horse Show. Geoffrey's wife was the founder of The Brook Hospital for Animals in Cairo. I am in fact Walter,s grandson and was brought up by him until the age of 13. He was of a generation of horseman we will never see again. What little knowledge I have of horses was learned from him, the one piece of advice that sticks in my brain more than anything else was, "if you cannot stay on boars, it is no good bothering about the rest of it. Thank you for taking the time to read Gladeye.
Thanks Peter for the interesting information behind the book and taking the time to share it with us. I do like hearing from people who are related to the older authors. Just have to read the book now!
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