at the battle of ypres in 1914, british colonel walter loring made no concessions to the germans. mounted on a white horse, he was leading his men on the menin road when his foot was smashed by a bullet. the medical officer ordered him to the rear, but he told the man to “ go to hell ” and asked his servant to bring his slippers.
equipped with these he remounted his charger, only to suffer a fall as the horse was shot under him. he then mounted a bay and rode on a short distance before this too was shot. hobbling with a stick, he continued to lead his men up the road and, urging them onwards, he died.