King George V paid a visit to the troops today, First he visited British First Army at Labuissiere, southwest of Charleroi. He then went on to Hesdigneul to inspect a parade of 1 Wing RFC.
As the King rides past, the men raise a sudden cheer. The King’s mare rears in fright, slips on the wet ground and falls backwards. The King is partially pinned under her. His pelvis is fractured in two places. He is rushed back to Aire in his limousine.
‘I suffered great agonies all the way’ wrote the King.