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Horse management student gets extra help from uncle's wartime notes

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: October 24, 2012

Somerset equestrian student Ella Ashton has been given an astonishing insight into horsemanship by her great-uncle

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A teenager studying horse management is getting some extra help with her studies – thanks to notes taken by her great uncle during the Second World War.

Alastair Masson, 92, sent his 19-year-old great-niece Ella Ashton his lecture notes on war horses, including lessons and drawings written in Calcutta 70 years ago, when he was serving with the Royal Fusiliers. Weston College student Ella, of Backwell, Somerset, said: “It was amazing to receive this and I felt very emotional reading it.”

Mr Masson, who lives in Scotland, 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.

Ella, who owns a 16-hand thoroughbred sports horse, said: “My great-uncle had an amazing time. It’s an incredible link to my family’s past which has been lovely to share with lecturers and students.”

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