The Wildgoose Chase

I met Chelsea Pensioner Walter Wildgoose in 1977 when he was 87 and I was 26. Through a series of letters written over the last year of his life, he passed along his life story - the workhouse children's home, a life in the British Army witnessing the opening battles of World War I and life in India, a remarkable family surviving the bombs of World War II London. This blog will document my research and progress on the novel I'm writing about this amazing man.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

The Queen's Bays

One aspect of my research on piecing together the details of life for military men and their families in India in the 1890s centers on John Wildgoose's regiment The Queen's Bays (2nd Dragoon Guards). It was a cavalry unit - the nickname "Queen's Bays" stuck because of the type of horses the regiment used - so I'm assuming John was adept at horsemanship, but I could be wrong about that. I'm pretty green where the various iterations of British regimental organization are concerned. It's a slow process, and there are few websites that help put the foundation in place, like this one at

I'm also trying to track down any information of the typical family living quarters in India in the 1890s - housing, household help, etc. This is proving difficult, so far, with the exception of a couple of books and diaries I found in the Imperial War Museum - again, written by wives of the upper echelon. My search continues . . .
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