WWI Weekly: Real Life War Horse, Cornell University Goes to War, and Testament of Youth


The real-life War Horse: Incredible story of stallion nicknamed ‘The Sikh’ who WALKED back to Britain from Russia after spending years delivering supplies to troops

The incredible story was unearthed by Chris Chatterton, the curator of the Soldiers of Gloucestershire Museum, last week.

He said: ‘I was reading a book about The Glosters and I came across a mention of The Sikh.

‘I did some more digging and it really is a remarkable story. She was viewed by many men in the Battalion as an Omen of good luck.

‘A statue to honour The Sikh would be great. We will certainly be doing something at the museum to commemorate her.’

The Sikh arrived at the front line with her devoted master Lieutenant A.C. Vicary, of the Gloucestershire Regiment Vicary, and the regiment’s Second Battalion in Ypres.

The Unley Museum provides an insight of life for those left behind in the inner-city Adelaide suburb during World War I through their vast collection of photographs.

The In War, At Home: Unley 1914- 1918 exhibition captures the feelings of local residents during the Great War, with fascinating insights into how those at home contributed to the war effort.

A feature of the display is the handwritten diary of Unley teenage school girl Dorothy Treloar.

“It’s really a heart warming sight to see that this is what her take [on the war] is,” Unley Museum curator Elizabeth Hartnell said.

“It’s an entire four years captured in about five or six lines.”

In her diary, Ms Treloar followed the plight of local men, Ernest and Lawrence Cutts, and their younger brother Rowland.

Cornell Rewind: A great school faces the Great War

Wilson signed the Congressional declaration of war April 6, 1917, and scarcely a week later about 575 Cornell male undergraduates registered for military service.

In fact, Cornellians already were participating in the war effort. In October 1914, Mary Merritt Crawford, Class of 1904, M.D. 1907, went to France to serve as a “house surgeon” in the American Ambulance Hospital at Neuilly-sur-Seine. She was commissioned a first lieutenant in the Service de Santé [health service] of the French Army and decorated for surgical work under heavy bombardment.

Rick Steves: Museums that remember the cost of war

With major anniversaries for the First World War and the Second World War coming this year, I’ve been thinking back to my recent stay in the Rhineland. A monument below my hotel window remembering Germany’s war dead still had an unused panel. My hunch is that it’ll never be used; Germany, mighty today without the help of its military, has a profound distaste for wars. As so many nations have, it rose by the sword . . . and then fell by it.
All over Europe, there is little stomach for war. The motto of one military museum I visited in Vienna says it all: “War is something for museums.” And many European countries have followed this advice, creating fascinating exhibits about their military heritage.
For some, visiting military museums is the highlight of a European trip. For others, “military” plus “museum” equals “dull.” But you don’t need to know how a Jeep works to enjoy the ride. Even if you’re not a veteran or war buff, here are four national military museums worth visiting

Lieutenant was married after his death in World War One

It was after his death that what the Signet magazine described last August — in a series about Writers to the Signet who died in World War One — as the story of Mrs Rodger and the fatherless child unfolded. Seven days after Mathew’s death, a baby boy was born on October 30 1916 at 2.50pm in the Royal Maternity Hospital in Edinburgh, to whom the mother gave his father’s name, Mathew Freer Rodger. The Lieutenant had a girl friend who became his fiancée and the mother of his child, and after his death she petitioned the Court of Session in Edinburgh to be declared his wife. This is how the Scotsman of Wednesday December 19 1917 reported the case under the headline ‘An Officer’s Marriage’ . . . Evidence was led in an action in which Helen Esson or Rodger, Dryden Place, Roslin, Midlothian, asked the Court to declare that she was legally married to Matthew Freer Rodger, who was a Writer to the Signet in Edinburgh, and who was killed in action while serving as an officer in the Army.

Watch: 10 Minutes Of Clips From WWI Drama ‘Testament Of Youth’ With Alicia Vikander & Kit Harington

Arriving in U.K. cinemas is “Testament Of Youth.” If you’re near a theater screening the flick, we urge you to check it out, and if not, we’ve got ten minutes worth clips to show you what the World War I drama delivers.

Starring a stellar cast, including Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell, Dominic West, Miranda Richardson, and more, the film is adaptation of Vera Brittain’s memoir, chronicling her decision to hold off attending Oxford in order to participate in the war effort after he fiancé and brother head into battle. It’s a movie that, while not breaking any genre tropes, works very, very well, with our BFI London Film Festival review noting the pictures adds up “to a sort of mosaic of grief, loss and even anger at the absolute waste of an insane, inhuman conflict, and all without showing a single bullet fired.”


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