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‘Orleans’ was the horse of Captain (later Brigadier) D. E. Whitworth, MC, 2nd Lancers (Gardner’s Horse). Whitworth’s Indian Army regiment served on the Western Front in France during the First World War (1914–1918) as part of the Mhow Cavalry Brigade in the 2nd Cavalry Division: it saw action at a number of battles, including the Somme, Flers-Courcellete and Cambrai. During the latter battle (November 1917) the Mhow Brigade was ordered to advance in the area of Pezieres and Epéhy to reinforce a weakened and disorganised infantry.
oil on canvas
H 59.6 x W 84.5 cm
gift from Brigadier D. E. Whitworth, 1960