The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars on Service

The Royal Gloucestershire Hussars on Service

…Towards the end of October has been received that the Brigade should be fully equipped and ready to move to the Continent by October 301914 [but for some reason this fell through and they continued their training at home]…

Throughout the process of equipping Major A J Palmer [from Fairford Park], the popular leader of ‘A’ Squadron, continued to show that consideration for his men which always characterised him, and which was highly appreciated by all. Several improvements in clothing, including the warm lining of service tunics, were made, and then men were each provided with a ‘billy-can’ comprising a tin cup and a pot in which to boil water, all enclosed in a woollen case. It was felt that in these things not a little was due to the womanly sympathies of Mrs Palmer, who took deepest interest in the Squadron, and had been with it continuously since mobilisation. Under the impression we were destined for France during the winter months she organised a supply depot of underclothing at Fairford Park from which she intended to maintain a regular supply of bodily comforts to the troops of the Squadron, though subsequent events necessitated a modification of these plans……

(From a Trooper’s Diary. Part 3)

Gloucester Journal Saturday April 15 1915