E02382

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ID number E02382
Collection Photograph
Object type Black & white - Glass original half plate negative
Photographer Unknown Australian Official Photographer
Place made France: Picardie, Somme, Amiens Harbonnieres Area, Allonville
Date made 4 June 1918

Description

Near side view (left) of one of Brigadier General (Brig Gen) H. E. 'Pompey' Elliott's horses, which had been with him since 1914 held by an unidentified soldier. Gen Elliott commanded the 15th Australian Infantry Brigade. The men of the 15th Brigade credited this charger with the ability to notice and point out to Gen Elliott any man who had not shaved or was not dressed properly. It got this enviable reputation in this way. The charger was a well trained stock horse and the slightest pressure on his shoulder would cause him to stop. Gen Elliott, in galloping along the line, would press his charger's shoulder when he noticed a man improperly dressed and the old horse would stop immediately with his head outstretched towards the man, and his ears back. The man, not noticing the signal to the charger to stop credited him with even a greater intelligence than the horse possessed.