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PostLord Mottistone, Isle of Wight, and Warrior the Horse (John Heelan, UK, 08/14/17 10:23 am)
JE commented on 14 August: "Mottistone is also a village on the Isle of Wight, home to our friend John Heelan."
It is indeed and has a very fine house and garden.
Further, Bob Seely is now the Island's MP despite his irregular attendances at the local Isle of Wight Council, which earned him the alliterative nickname "Seldom Seen Seely." Lord Mottistone's horse "Warrior" is a local hero and has a trail named after it. (See: "On the trail of the real-life Warhorse on the Isle of Wight"; link below.)
(Should a WAISer visit the area, be sure to have a meal at Mottistone's local pub--the 600-year-old Sun Inn at Hulverstone.)
JE comments: Bob Seely, MP, is the great-great nephew of Lord Mottistone.
Warrior, the "horse the Germans couldn't kill," survived Ypres, the Somme, and the mud of Passchendaele. The lifespan of a trench grunt in WWI was said to be six weeks. It must have been even less for horses, given their exposure and inability to take cover. Warrior's longevity at the front was nothing short of a miracle.
One more reason to visit the Isle of Wight!