A 100 mile horse ride across France in traditional cavalry uniform is what the Revd Mark Chester will be up to this summer to mark the centenary of the outbreak of war, and raise money for ill and wounded ex-service men and women.
Mark, a Chaplain in the Army Reserve and vicar at St Paulâ€™s church, Camberley, plans to honour the men and horses who served in the British Cavalry Division and their importance in the initial months of the war by taking part in The War Horse Ride 2014 along with 34 others on 25 August.
They will be raising money for The Not Forgotten Association which supports sick or wounded men and women from the armed forces.
Along the route they will follow are the sites of some of the most famous cavalry actions in the opening weeks of the war.
Mark said: â€œWe are all products of our history to some degree, so it is wonderful to have the opportunity to engage more closely with one of the most significant and traumatic events in the history of the early 20th century.
â€œFor many it was a significant time on their faith journey as the realities of war helped them engage more profoundly with the reality of the suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
â€œI hope that I will be able to engage deeply on both levels, whilst at the same time not falling off my horse!â€
They will wear the same uniform and carry the same weapons and equipment that their predecessors did in 1914, including a 13-pounder quick-firing field gun drawn by a six-horse gun team, and a horse-drawn General Service wagon.
For more information about The War Horse Ride visit http://warhorseride2014.com or for information on events and stories from around the diocese visit http://www.cofeguildford.org.uk/parish-life/world-war-1-commemoration/ or look at the August edition of The Wey.