At the battle of Ypres in 1914, British colonel Walter Loring made no concessions to the Germans. Mounted on a white horse, he was leading his men on the Menin Road when his foot was smashed by a bullet. The medical officer ordered him to the rear, but he told the man to “ Go to hell ” and asked his servant to bring his slippers.
Equipped with these he remounted his charger, only to suffer a fall as the horse was shot under him. He then mounted a bay and rode on a short distance before this too was shot. Hobbling with a stick, he continued to lead his men up the road and, urging them onwards, he died.