Captain W H Eve

Captain William Henry Eve led a heroic cavalry charge against the Turks at Lajj in Mesopotamia in 1917. He was killed by a Turkish bullet in the act of leading his squadron into the enemy defences. He was riding his favourite charger Caprice which had been with him for years and survived two winters in France. After he fell dead from his horse she galloped off with several bullets in her neck and it was presumed that she would die. However, she was found by Captain Eve's former batman a year later in the ranks of an Indian cavalry regiment in Baghdad. She was reclaimed and returned to England after the war to Eve's widow. She had a foal years later and a model of mother and daughter was made in silver of which copies were made to give to regimental officers as a wedding present.

W H Eve was the son of the Hon Mr Justice Eve and lady Eve. He married Ruth Margaret and they lived at The Cottage, Marnhull, Dorset. He entered the regiment on 15th March 1902 as a 2nd Lieutenant and was promoted to lieutenant on 1st Sep 1904. He reached the rank of Captain on 5th April 1908 whilst serving in India. He was 37 at the time of his death.

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