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An Officer of the Guards Nearly Killed at the Royal Wedding

Just before the Royal couple on their journey Citywards were passing Marlborough House the Guards formed into troops across the road. The last troop to wheel into line was headed by the Marquis of Tullibardine, the heir to the Dukedom of Athole. Suddenly the young lieutenant’s horse reared with its forefeet striking the air. A moment more and it had fallen backwards, with its rider beneath. Those near seemed to be paralysed for a moment, and then they rushed forward, but before anybody could reach the unfortunate officer, who, after he fell, had managed to extricate himself from the stirrups, the horse had galloped wildly away, kicking his hind legs in the air. There was nothing, so far as one could tell, between it and the Royal carriage, just then entering the yard, except a stray policeman or two. A moment of breathless suspense, and a policeman rushed out into the roadway, and caught the horse by the bridle just in the nick of time, and Lord Tullibardine was carried across the road and laid on an ambulance couch as the Royal carriage came by. If, as is possible, the Duke and his Duchess thought their reception somewhat cold at this point, this is the explanation. The hinder squadron of Guards having passed, the attention of all present, momentarily abstracted, was turned to the gallant young Guardsman stretched under the arches of St James’s Palace, where the ambulance corps were doing their best to revive him. They were successful after a time, and the poor fellow with a faint smile was able to tell the surgeon when he arrived that he was “all right,” though his spine hurt him. Then he was tenderly lifted onto an ambulance and carried to Mr. Kingcote’s apartments in the palace, where the surgeon attended him. The man who stopped the horse in so gallant a manner was Walter Peacock, 39 B R.

The Illustrated Police News Saturday 15 July 1893

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Precipitated into the Court Yard



Miss Clara Dalrymple in a precarious situation

The large illustration in our front page is a correct representation of the perilous position of a young girl, as seen by two spectators, on Friday last. The circumstances are thus described in a local journal:—

“On Friday night, the 24th inst., a harrowing scene occurred at a small village near Glastonbury. It appears that a young girl, aged seventeen, named Clara Dalrymple—who has been in the habit of walking in her sleep on very many occasions—rose from her bed on the night in question and opened the window of her bedroom, which was on the fourth storey of the house, and stepped on to a plank that ran across from her father’s residence to one opposite. Some workmen had been repairing the latter, and—to facilitate these operations—had neglected to remove the plank which had been improvised as a communication between the two dwellings. Miss Dalrymple, to the horror of two persons who had witnessed her proceedings in the narrow passage below, stepped on this plank which gave way before she had reached its centre, and the unfortunate girl was precipitated into the court yard beneath—falling from a height of seventy feet. In her descent her dress caught the arm of a lamp-post in the passage, thus breaking her fall, and was the means of saving her life. A man, named James Grimsby, a servant of her father’s, and Mr. W. Styant, a tradesman in the village, were the sole witnesses of the accident. When the first shock was over they hastened to her assistance, being at the time under the full impression that she was dead. Such, however, proved not to be the case. Beyond a few bruises Miss Dalrymple was in no way injured; for, in less than half an hour after the accident, she was conversing with her parents upon her miraculous escape.”

The Illustrated Police News Saturday 1 June 1867

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