Notes provide window into the past
A COLLEGE student studying horse management is getting some extra help with her studies – thanks to notes taken by her great uncle during World War Two.
Alastair Masson, 92, sent his 19-year-old great niece Ella Ashton his lecture notes on war horses, including lessons, lectures and drawings written in Calcutta 70 years ago, when he was serving with the Royal Fusiliers.
Weston College student Ella, of Waverley Road, Backwell, who is studying level three horse management, said: "It was amazing to receive this and I felt very emotional reading it."
Mr Masson, who lives in Fife in Scotland, was an expert horseman who taught at the Recreational Equitation and Horsemanship Club in Calcutta. Some of his students belonged to the Calcutta Light Horse, part of the British Indian Army Cavalry Reserve which was disbanded after India's independence in 1947.
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Ella, who owns a 16-hand thoroughbred sports horse, aims to study a degree in equine management.
She said: "My great uncle had an amazing time and it's an incredible gift and link to my family's past which has been lovely to share with lecturers and students."
College lecturer in biological science Gill Cook said: "It's an incredible window into the past. While the terminology is old-fashioned, the theory isn't that different, with exam papers, notes and riding lesson plans very similar to what we would use."