Hi folks, more living history photos to share with you..
The First Aid Nursing Yeomanry:
"Formed originally in 1907 by Captain Edward Baker, the original F.A.N.Y. were trained in both first aid and drill riding to provide a link between the front lines and the field hospitals. Drawing on his own experience of both the Sudan Campaign and the Second Boer War, Baker believed that the quickest way to rescue a wounded soldier was by sending in a single first aider on horseback to administer first aid and bring him back for treatment at the nearest field hospital.
Drawn initially by their love of horses, their unconventional spirit of adventure and a strong desire to aid in their nation's defence, the original F.A.N.Y. underwent rigorous induction and training between 1907 and 1914 and their first members set off for Calais at the beginning of the First World War with high expectations.
However, on arrival, the F.A.N.Y. found that they were not recognised by the British Military and that the role they had originally trained for was no longer practicable in the mechanised reality of the Western Front.
But these were no ordinary women and they quickly adapted and reinvented themselves, fulfilling a wide variety of roles with a multitude of different organisations to provide vital practical and humanitarian support to the sick and wounded of all nationalities - often in harsh and dangerous conditions"*
Specially trained dogs were used to find battlefield casualties,
Field dressing & evacuation.
All members were highly skilled equestrians..
Before telephone or wireless this was the best way to communicate over long distances, each letter of the alphabet is represented by flags held in various positions (imagine a clock face with numbers replaced by letters)..
All members were trained in this form of communication...
Gas, Gas, Gas!
A member of the "Scotts Horse" regiment..
"Romeo" here is a retired army horse who served with the Kings Troop, who's apparently something of a "real show off"..
.. also demonstrated a sport called "Tent Pegging"..
.. Charging & full tilt the rider has to Lance & (hopefully) pick up a small target off the ground.