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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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An Apparently Terrible Wound


Many of the residents of Windsor have for the last two days been considerably mystified by a remarkable and alarming incident which had evidently occurred in the course of Wednesday night. Early on Thursday morning hundreds of bloodstained footprints were noticed on the pavements of the principal streets and upon an investigation being made it was discovered that the gory tracks extended from Thames-street, by the Great Western Station, into Peascod-street along the left side of thoroughfare to Osborn-road and thence on the right to the Spital Cavalry Barracks, where the Royal Horse Guards are quartered—a distance of over a mile the haemorrhage throughout having been very extensive. The heel and portions of the sole of a left boot, linked between the steps by numerous splashes of blood were distinctly impressed upon the pavement and asphalte and in places where the injured man had stopped for a few moments on his course were small pools of blood, that had flowed from an apparently terrible wound. All sorts of theories were afloat as to the nature of the occurance, which is now believed was caused by the sudden busting of a blood-vessel on the left leg of a person living in the vicinity of the town while on his way home from Windsor. At least, this is only solution obtainable of an affair which has caused much speculation in the Royal borough.

The Star (St Peter Port), Saturday, 7 June 1884

The typographical errors contained herein are none of my doing. ‘Occurance’ indeed! My despair increases daily.—I.H.

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