WW2: Van der Elst ponies

Mrs. Van Der Elst Entertains Soldiers

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Mrs. Violet Van der Elst had a herd of white Shetland ponies in the front fields of the Manor House.  The 1st Airborne Division personnel often fed the ponies with bread and as a way to say ‘thank you’ the ponies would bite their feeder’s backside when they turned to walk away!

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