Books by Sheila Marlin (O'Neill)

'Jacob, the Famous Goose, 2nd Battalion Coldstream Guards. A True Story.'



It takes place between 1838 and 1846. It is about a goose who is saved from a fox by a Coldstreamer, stationed on a farm in Canada to keep the peace. The goose, called Jacob, stays with the regiment. He marches with them daily, goose-stepping and imitating the guards. One evening he saves their lives from a rebel attack. For his bravery, he is awarded a golden collar from Sir James Macdonnell who is in Quebec and Jacob becomes the mascot of the Coldstream Guards. He is taken to London where he takes up his duties at the Portland Street Barracks. He becomes an attraction for the local Londoners. The Duke of Wellington, who lives just around the corner, is a frequent visitor as he admires duty in any form. As the mascot, Jacob takes part in the 'Changing the Guard' and 'Trooping the colour'. He is seen by Queen Victoria and her family.

Jacob dies on duty, having been run over by a Hanson cab. He receives a funeral with 'Full Military Honours'. His head and neck are preserved and can be seen today attached to another goose's body in a glass cabinet at the Coldstream Guards Headquarters.

There are history notes at the back of the book which mentions Monck's journey South with his army, to put Charles II back on the throne and how they got their name from the town on Scotland's border.

Also a potted history of The Duke of Wellington, Sir James Macdonnell and Queen Victoria and how they were all connected. Suitable for readers of 7 years upwards. I have illustrated nearly every page with colourful pictures.


I also have another book called 'Flip to the Rescue' for younger readers.

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