Contents Illustrations Foreword by Field Marshal the Lord Guthrie Acknowledgements Introduction Notes on styles, titles, honorifics and regimental names and ranks 1. For Valour 2. Of Hector and Lysander 3. A Soldier's Knapsack 4. O.H.M.S.S. 5. The Gentlemen Adventurers 6. The Concert Party 7. Sports Day 8. Doolally 9. On and Around the Velvet Bench 10. The Church Militant 11. Conduct Unbecoming 12. Animals On Parade And Finally . . . The Purple of Commerce Appendices i The Guards Memorial ii List of holders of the Victoria Cross iii Officers who served with the Special Operations Executive iv The Regiments, Formations and sub-units of the Household Division and their antecedent units Index About the Authors
Christopher Joll, a former officer in The Life Guards, is now an author and event director, and Anthony Weldon is a former Irish Guards officer turned author and publisher. The two of them have combined forces to produce a riveting account of characters who served in the Household Cavalry and the Foot Guards since 1660, drawing on their extensive experience of both arms of the sovereign's Household troops.