|One Law for the Lions, Another for the Donkeys|
|Ireland on Sunday - 2nd May 2004: Article by Peter Day - reprinted with permission|
THEY CAME from far and wide to the little
southern English churchyard to pay a final tribute to the gallant old
soldier, a proud survivor of both the Boer War and World War One, who had
tragically fallen victim to an asthma attack at the age of just 66. The
obituary in the local weekly newspaper spoke movingly of 'an officer and a
sportsman' who liked a hand of whist, a gentle game of billiards, and the
contemplative pleasures of rod and line in a trout stream. Lt Col AE
Mainwaring, the obituary writer reported, 'possessed a large and devoted
circle of friends of all ranks in social life. In fact, his striking
personality invariably attached to him those with whom he worked or played.
'The mourners included a brigadier-general, four colonels, a lieutenant
colonel, a major and an army captain as well as a large gathering of family,
friends and representatives of the local football and cricket clubs, of
which Lt Col Mainwaring was vice-president.