Sir Gilbert Musters His Forces

category: Sir Gilbert’s Diaries

An historic day in Herefordshire’s Golden Valley. For the first time ever, Sir Gilbert Hill has raised two platoons of loyal followers with which he means to crush those with the temerity to oppose him. His original Golden Valley Invincibles are joined by his Colonial and Dominion platoon with fighters from as far apart as Africa, Canada and, er, Wales.

High Command
Sir Gilbert, with his immediate staff, prepares to review his forces. Wrench, his butler and Miss Fragrance Sweetmeat are in attendance along with Marlborough the Labrador


The Honourable Timothy Hill, Sir Gilbert’s eldest son, newly appointed commander of the First (The Invincibles) platoon. To his left stands Sir Gilbert’s particular friend, Monsieur Picardy, bravely volunteering as a runner



Two platoons
Sir Gilbert’s 2 platoons assemble for a final inspection



3 thoughts on “Sir Gilbert Musters His Forces

  1. A fine body of men (and women). Sir Gilbert’s bottom lip may have trembled with pride at the sight. I am sure he spoke some similar words to this,

    “Soon now, we will meet them face-to-face. I am resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all. While we stand together no invader shall pass. Let them come with the armies of Hell; they will not pass! And when this day of battle is ended, we meet again in Heaven or on the field of victory.”

    (wipes tear from eye) I can hear Land of Hope and Glory playing in the background.

    And then of course,

    “We few, we happy few, we band of brothers, For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother, Be he ne’er so vile, this day shall gentle his condition, and gentlemen in England now abed shall think themselves accursed they were not here, and hold their manhoods cheap whilst any speaks, that fought with us at Burley Gate Village Hall!”

    Sorry, overcome with emotion now, God speed Sir Gilbert!

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