Mounted men ready to fight invasion

Rouser 2013
Rouser 2013

When the Home Guard was formed during World War Two, the staff at Lewes racecourse formed a mounted platoon.

This is believed to have been the only Home Guard cavalry unit in existence and included several Grand National winning jockeys among its strengths.

Their job was to patrol the Sussex Downs looking for German paratroopers - who, thankfully, never showed up!

The detachment never fired a shot in anger, but at least the horses got plenty of fresh air.