Warrior by Jack Seely
Warrior by Jack Seely – The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse was first published in 1934 under the name My Horse Warrior and it is the story of Warrior, the charger of General Jack Seely. Seely was a friend of Winston Churchill and he served in the Parliament alongside him. The illustrations throughout the book were made by Sir Alfred Munnings who drew Warrior during the war and at home after the war ended.
I was so impressed with how much Seely loved his horses, firstly Cinderella, Warrior’s mother and then Warrior. The story is wonderfully written and well worth reading, especially as it is a short book. Warrior was in France for years and escaped death many times. He led a cavalry charge in 1918 and showed determination and courage.
Besides the wonderful story of the horse, it is interesting to see the book as a historical account of the period, to see how the General talks about the other soldiers, some from the colonies, how their lives, his and Warrior’s were different due to his rank. The end is so sad, not because Warrior died (at almost 33), but how it was affected by the Second World War. I highly recommend this book, regardless if you are interested in horses or not, it is a fascinating book.
Warrior by Jack Seely
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My rating: 5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: yes
Published by: Racing Post
Year it was published: 2011 (first published in 1934)
About the author: John Edward Bernard Seely, 1st Baron Mottistone, was a British Army general and politician. He was a Conservative MP from 1900 to 1904 and a Liberal MP from 1904 to 1922 and from 1923 to 1924. He was Secretary of State for War for the two years prior to the First World War, before being forced to resign as a result of the Curragh Incident. As General Jack Seely, he led one of the last great cavalry charges in history at the Battle of Moreuil Wood on his war horse Warrior in March 1918. Seely was a great friend of Winston Churchill and the only former cabinet minister to go to the front in 1914 and still be there four years later.
Other books by Seely: Adventure (1930); Fear and Be Slain: Adventures by land, sea and air (1931); Launch! A Life-Boat Book (1932); For Ever England (1932); My Horse Warrior (1934); The Paths of Happiness (1938)
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