Major Banjo Paterson: The Man Who Loved Horses

A profile of Banjo Paterson's work with the Allied Remount Depots in Egypt during WWI.
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by Jill Mather.

This book will introduce the reader to another aspect of the A.B. (Banjo) Paterson legend. It has set out to address a gap in our history and presents Banjo in another light – that of a military man deeply concerned for the welfare of horses which he loved.

Revered for his much loved poems and ballads, Banjo’s wartime service and work with Army horses is less known and very little has been written regarding his role as a horse master in Egypt. The book also covers his early years in South Africa in a war which saw thousands of horses transported to its shores. Banjo declared that never again would horses in war be so badly treated. This experience stood him good stead as the Commanding Officer of the Australian Remount Depot, earlier known as the 2nd Remount Depot, based in Egypt in World War One.

This profile of Banjo Paterson is not intended to be a comprehensive history of the war in Egypt, but rather a snapshot of Banjo and the work of the Remount Depots.

About the Author

Author Jill Mather has written six books recording the role the famous Australian Waler horses played in four wars.  Each book sets out to assist the reader discover exactly where and what our famous war horses did. They were remarkable.

170 pages softcover.

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