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Old 30-08-17, 05:35 PM   #1
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I thought I would put some pictures up of the rally but not of engines, the pictures of the Fusiliers and Sappers were volunteer's of today's Army including a Gurkha who when asked if he had enjoyed himself said very much so.
The Sappers built a Pill box on the edge of the trenches and daily two artillery guns, an 18 pounder and another were fired.
The riders with the spears were pig sticking using tent pegs, apparently the sport started in India by the British army who hunted for Boars which according to the Indian locals were dangerous and would and could kill children and adults so when the army started culling the animals the locals were very happy and grateful.

The pictures of the eight Bells was very poignant, they have been cast by John Taylor & Co, Loughborough and are on their way to be hung in the tower of St Georges Memorial Church Ypres. When the church was built there was no money left to put bells in the tower so 100 years on funds were raised and they have been made and are being transported to be erected in the tower, each bell has a ring of poppies and various inscriptions on them http://www.stgeorgesmemorialchurchypres.com/.

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Old 30-08-17, 05:36 PM   #2
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And finally some more..................
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Old 30-08-17, 06:02 PM   #3
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Interesting. About a year (or so) ago I posted pictures in the Lounge of my visit to Taylor's bell foundry. At that time they were wrapping up an order for a set to go to America - I think these were the next in line...

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Old 30-08-17, 11:54 PM   #4
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... The riders with the spears were pig sticking using tent pegs, apparently the sport started in India by the British army who hunted for Boars ...

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Sir Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, wrote a book called Pig-Sticking or Hog-Hunting: A Complete Account for Sportsmen and Others published in 1889, which extolled the joys of the sport - apparently even the boar enjoyed it.

Willy Rushton wrote a book called Pigsticking: a joy for life, published in 1977, which didn't but was very funny. How times change.

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Old 31-08-17, 01:30 AM   #5
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Just noticed the "Leopard Appaloosa" in Post 1 picture 5. Strange choice of military nag!! Stands out a bit from the standard "bays and greys"
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Just noticed the "Leopard Appaloosa" in Post 1 picture 5. Strange choice of military nag!! Stands out a bit from the standard "bays and greys"
Charles,

Is that the spotted one, there was another similarly marked.

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That's the one, Martin. If memory serves they were original bred by North American Indians and are favoured as Rodeo horses. I used to pass a Stud Farm in Scotland where they were bred and sold, and they are not cheap!!!
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