Welcome to the Somerset Remembers blog

Army farriers shoeing horses, c.1914

Army farriers shoeing horses, c.1914

In recent weeks the project team has been developing ideas for the Somerset Remembers exhibition which will be held at the Museum of Somerset in 2014.

A key area of work has been identifying First World War material which could be used in the exhibition. Many interesting objects, photographs and documents have already been discovered.

One exciting collection that has come to light relates to the North Somerset Yeomanry. This small group of photographs includes an impressive image of a squadron of the Yeomanry departing for war from Shepton Mallet on 14 August 1914.

The mounted soldier nearest the camera is Private Edward, or ‘Ted’. Ted was a farrier responsible for shoeing army horses. In 1916 Ted was transferred to the Royal Field Artillery and became a farrier-sergeant.

A number of images in the collection show farriers working with horses. Ted survived the war and afterwards returned to his home in West Pennard.

C Squadron of the North Somerset Yeomanry departing from Shepton Mallet, 14 August 1914.

C Squadron of the North Somerset Yeomanry departing from Shepton Mallet, 14 August 1914.

Ted Garland and his sister Lizzie, c.1916.

Ted Garland and his sister Lizzie, c.1916.

Army farriers shoeing horses, c.1914

Army farriers shoeing horses, c.1914

The horseshoe badge on Ted’s arm shows he was a farrier.

The horseshoe badge on Ted’s arm shows he was a farrier.

 

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5 thoughts on “Welcome to the Somerset Remembers blog

  1. What a fantastic blog, looking forward to future posts. Particularly enjoyed the stories about Wiveliscombe as it’s where I grew up. Perhaps a spot on 10 Radio is in order? http://10radio.org

  2. Hi all loved the blog about Ted Garland, does anyone know any more about this chap? I’m researching the North Somerset Yeomanry (NSY) in the Shepto Mallet, Wells area and would love to know more about him

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