Victor Cazalet was Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor’s Godfather, and thus may be looking down from the Kingdom of Truth and blessing my Quest. Victor was a good friend of Winston Churchill, and promoted everlasting ties between the United States and Britain – that is now in jeopardy due to Trump’s promotion of Putin at the G7 summit.
Victor promoted the Family Art, and gave Liz a horse. This is key because Victor and his father belonged to the West Kent Calvary. Victor put forth an idea to form an army of Jews to fight the Nazis. Would these 20,000 Jews serve in the Kent Calvary? Victor promoted the return of the Jews to Israel, and thus can be seen as a Messiah.
Victor employed the Hopper family to get his Goddaughter out of Britain. The actor, Dennis Hopper could have met Liz when they were children. Consider Sir Ian Easton, and the College of Defence Studies. Did Ian Fleming know Victor, who is Victor Bond.
It’s all here! My arduous work for twenty years has reaped a great reward. I have struggled with thoughts of suicide due to the deliberate and extreme isolation members of my family put me, with the help of outsiders that produced slanderous book about my late sister, the world famous artist, Christine Rosamond, who looks like Liz. Here is an alliance that I carry forth to insure there is a bond between Britain, Holland, and the U.S.
John Gregory Presco
President: Royal Rosamond Press
Cazalet’s brother, Peter, who married P. G. Wodehouse‘s daughter, Leonora, was a notable racehorse trainer who was British jump racing Champion Trainer three times and trained Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother‘s racehorses.
In 1949, Cazalet and Mildmay stayed at Windsor Castle as guests of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. It was during their stay that they persuaded the Queen to buy a steeplechaser, which Cazalet would train. An early success was Manicou, who won the King George VI Chase at Kempton Park Racecourse in 1950. Another of the Queen’s horses trained by Cazalet was Monaveen, jointly owned with Princess Elizabeth. Following Mildmay’s death in May 1950, Cazalet inherited the horses owned by Mildmay and £10,000.
Cazalet also trained the Queen Mother’s[Note 1] Devon Loch, who fell on the run-in to the finish line at the 1956 Grand National when 50 yards (46 m) clear of E.S.B., who won. Devon Loch subsequently failed to finish. His jockey was Dick Francis, who had been designated as Cazalet’s first jockey in 1953. He trained over 250 winners for the Queen Mother and was champion trainer three times. Cazalet’s personal chef for eight years was Albert Roux.
Promoting military ties with America
Cazalet also termed himself “a booster for America,” and had publicly expressed the gratitude of British citizens for the aid that America gave Britain before and after World War II began. In 1940 he wanted Britain to give the U.S. a free port in the West Indies, with all sovereign rights, in order that the U.S. Navy could have a port closer to South America.
He also hoped that the U.S. and British navies would join together after the war so that their navies could “pool their policies and ideas,” he said. It was an opinion he expressed going back to the disputes at the 1927 Geneva Naval Conference, and which he continued during the revival of those efforts which led to the London Naval Treaty in 1930. He feared that a failure of Great Britain and the United States to reach an agreement among themselves, regardless of the other countries involved, would lead to a dangerous competition in shipbuilding between their two countries which would seriously jeopardize world peace. “Each country should build the ships it needs without regarding the other navy as a possible enemy,” he said.
A year and a half after the war in Europe had begun and after the German bombing of London had continued, Cazalet urged the American government to keep the life line between their countries open. “The victory can be won,” he emphasized, “if the stuff gets over.” He added that Britain was deeply grateful for the help they had already received from the U.S.
Advocating a Jewish homeland
Cazalet had become chairman of the House of Commons Palestine Committee, where he described the plight of Britain under siege as connected to that of the Jews who were being driven from Europe by the Nazis. During a speech to the committee in May 1941, he explained that they had the same aims:
Both Jews and the British have one thing in common—a faith that their problems will be solved. And that faith has kindled in our hearts a flame no enemy will be able to extinguish. On the treatment of Jews, and of all small minorities, depends the future of mankind.
In Cazalet’s opinion, it was in the best interest of the British Empire to establish a Jewish state in Palestine. However, despite the fact that the Jews were also victims of Nazi aggression, they were still not recognized as allies of Great Britain. “England,” he said, “may have made many mistakes, but today she represents something above and beyond material possessions.”
Although he never knew him, it was Cazalet’s grandfather who first inspired his interest in establishing a Jewish state. His grandfather, Edward Cazalet, was an industrialist based in Russia who had written a number of treatises in the 1870s in which he advocated a Jewish homeland. He wrote that “under English protection the Jewish nation, after eighteen hundred years of exile, would have it in their power to return again to their own country.”:41 According to Cazalet biographer Robert Rhodes James, Edward Cazalet had seen the pogroms against the Jews in Tsarist Russia and their plight made a “profound emotional appeal to him.”:174 He also recognized the spiritual aspect:
Why is it that the English, more than any other nation in the world, are interested in the Jews and in their country? I think it is because the Bible is the History of the Jews, and the English and their descendants alone of all the nations of the world read and study the Bible.:40
Victor Cazalet’s actual involvement in promoting the Jewish state began with the guidance of Lord Arthur Balfour, however, and Cazalet’s friendship with Chaim Weizmann.:174 Cazalet wrote that “Lord Balfour’s devotion to the cause of Jewry will be recognized wherever Jews are to be found in this world.”:177 Weizmann tried to apply those feelings by championing the idea of creating a separate Jewish army which would support Britain’s fight against Germany.:175 In 1942 Cazalet called upon the British government to grant the Jewish Agency’s request to create a fighting force of 20,000 Jewish soldiers and a home guard of 50,000 to be made an integral part of the British army. His efforts failed, however.
At a 1941 conference in the U.S. where he was joined by General Sikorski, he advocated forgetting differences and “uniting all forces in an effort to defeat the enemy.” He saw the struggle in Palestine as setting an example for the rest of the world. “Although the war has held up our program as far as Palestine is concerned, in God’s good time the Jewish State will be established and it will contribute as much happiness and prosperity to the Arab as to the Jew.” During a speech in April 1941, Cazalet stated:
Deliverance of the Jews from persecution was as important an issue as any for which we are fighting. The Jewish problem will never be solved anywhere until a national home in Palestine is established…I believe that every unprejudiced Englishman could and should be grateful for the opportunity which his country has been given to fulfill the Scriptures and re-establish the Jewish State in the Holy Land.
On 27 June 1943, a week before he was killed, he had visited Cairo and then Jerusalem, where he met with David Ben-Gurion and others. His last public statements recorded were at that meeting, where he said, “I would gladly give my life for the establishment of a Jewish state in Palestine, as I am ready to give my life for the preservation of the British Empire… Whatever happens, the Jews must have a permanent home.”:286
Death and legacy
After serving in the House of Commons for nineteen years, he was considered one of the “most brilliant” of the younger men in the Commons. “His knowledge of central Europe was probably unequaled,” wrote the New York Times after his sudden death in 1943, at age 47, when his plane crashed seconds after take off from Gibraltar.
The plane, a B-24 Liberator II LB-30 AL523 was also carrying General Sikorski and fellow Conservative MP Brigadier John Whiteley; Sikorski, Whiteley and everyone else on board (except for first pilot Eduard Prchal)—sixteen in all—died in the crash. The circumstances surrounding the unexplained accident have led to various controversies and allegations of sabotage.:287
Cazalet’s family received a flood of tributes, many from unknown admirers and others from notables, including Churchill, Anthony Eden, Eleanor Rathbone, Hugh Dalton and Polish dignitaries.:287 Chaim Weizmann speaking at a memorial ceremony in London, described Cazalet as “one of the few precious friends of the Jewish people in modern times who never was moved from his devotion to the (Zionist) cause.” He said that his grave at Gibraltar would become a place of pilgrimage for the Jewish people, while Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America, agreed to plant 1,000 trees in Palestine to be named the “Victor Cazalet Grove.” A lead article in the New York Herald Tribune read:
There can be few other Englishmen of our time who have touched so many nations and so many individual citizens upon terms of understanding and friendship. What he did for Poland he literally did around the world. Here in America his friends were countless … it was as an understanding observer and appreciative visitor that Americans held him in affection and will remember him. To that post-war world, which must lean heavily upon men of goodwill if peace and justice are to prevail, Victor Cazalet is a heavy loss.:287
Cazalet, who never married, was a Christian Scientist and a lay preacher at Ninth Church of Christ, Scientist, London. He was Member of Parliament, a landowner and a wealthy bachelor, whose numerous social and political connections included close friendships with Winston Churchill and Anthony Eden. He was also the amateur squash champion in 1925, 1927, 1929 and 1930, who also played as a member of the English squash team when it won the international trophy after competing against Canada and the United States in 1927.
Cazalet’s sister, Thelma Cazalet-Keir, was a noted feminist and also a Conservative MP. She married journalist David Keir in August 1939. Cazalet’s brother, Peter, who married P. G. Wodehouse‘s daughter, Leonora, was a notable racehorse trainer who was British jump racing Champion Trainer three times and trained Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother‘s racehorses.
Godfather to Elizabeth Taylor
Cazalet, who had a passion for fine art, became a close friend of American art gallery owners Francis Taylor and his wife Sara, parents of Elizabeth, after they had moved from the U.S. to London in 1936. Cazalet let the Taylor family, who were also Christian Scientists, spend their weekends in a separate 16th century cottage on his estate in Kent. He wanted them to think of England as their new home.:13
He gave 4-year-old Elizabeth a horse named Betty as a gift, which she would ride bareback throughout the property. The Taylors asked him to be her godfather, after which he became an important influence during her early life. At one time while Elizabeth suffered the first of many near-fatal illnesses, Elizabeth begged her mother to “please call Victor and ask him to come and sit with me.” Cazalet then drove ninety miles through thick fog to be at her side. When he arrived, recalled her mother, “Victor sat on the bed and held Elizabeth in his arms and talked to her about God,” and soon after the fever had broken.:14
At a lunch with Churchill in April 1939, Cazalet learned that a war was coming, and was permitted by Churchill to inform others.:24 Cazalet, concerned for the Taylor family’s safety, urged Francis to close his art gallery as soon as possible and return with his family to America. Because of the time needed to vacate the gallery, he suggested that Sara and his children should be sent back alone where Francis could later join them. They took his advice and eventually ended up in Los Angeles where he established a new gallery.
As Cazalet was an acquaintance of screen actor DeWolf Hopper and his former wife, Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper, he sent a letter of introduction on behalf of Elizabeth to Ms. Hopper, to help 7-year-old Elizabeth become involved in acting. Hopper met with Elizabeth and Sara and offered to help. Months later, Cazalet wrote in his diary for 16 April 1941, “Imagine excitement of Taylors. Elizabeth has a contract for seven years with a big cinema group.”:33
In his political career, he was a noted authority on international affairs and was a veteran of World War I. He became the liaison officer with Polish General Sikorski after the outbreak of World War II. He promoted strong military ties with America before and during the war and was an outspoken advocate for creating a Jewish homeland in Palestine.
Cazalet was also an amateur athlete and squash champion in Great Britain for many years. He became godfather to actress Elizabeth Taylor after developing a friendship with her family. Traveling back to London from Gibraltar, he was killed in a plane crash at age 47 along with General Sikorski and 15 others.
Under threat of invasion by the French Revolutionary government from 1793, and with insufficient military forces to repulse such an attack, the British government under William Pitt the Younger decided in 1794 to increase the Militia and to form corps of volunteers for the defence of the country. The mounted arm of the volunteers became known as the “Gentlemen and Yeomanry Cavalry”.
In 1827 the government disbanded the Yeomanry Regiments in those districts where they had not been mobilised in the previous 10 years. The Kent Regiment was stood down and their equipment returned to the regular army. In 1830 the West Kent Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry was reformed and in 1864 the regiment was awarded the title “Queen’s Own” and became known as the West Kent Regiment of Yeomanry Cavalry (Queen’s Own).
The 2nd Line regiment was formed at Maidstone in August 1914. In January 1915 it moved to Hounslow Barracks and in April to Maresfield; there it took over the horses of the Royal Canadian Dragoons and Lord Strathcona’s Horse who were going dismounted to the Western Front. In October 1915 the regiment was at Westbere, near Canterbury in 2/1st South Eastern Mounted Brigade. On 31 March 1916, the remaining Mounted Brigades were ordered to be numbered in a single sequence; the brigade was numbered as 14th Mounted Brigade and joined 4th Mounted Division, still at Canterbury. In July 1916 it transferred to 3rd Mounted Brigade in the new 1st Mounted Division near Maidstone.
Following the experience of the First World War, it was decided that only the fourteen most senior yeomanry regiments would be retained as horsed cavalry, with the rest being transferred to other roles. As a result, on 20 August 1920, the Royal East Kent (The Duke of Connaught’s Own) Yeomanry (Mounted Rifles) was amalgamated with the West Kent Yeomanry (Queen’s Own) to form the Kent Yeomanry and simultaneously re-roled as field artillery to form 6th (Kent) Army Brigade, RFA.
The regiment was formed in 1794, originally as a series of independent troops based in the important towns of Kent, England, as part of the response to the French Revolutionary Wars. In the latter part of the 19th century they frequently provided escorts for the Queen and members of the Royal Family, and as a result, in 1856 the East Kent Yeomanry became the Royal East Kent Regiment of Mounted Rifles and, in 1873, the Royal East Kent Mounted Rifles (The Duke of Connaught’s Own).
With the 74th Division, the battalion took part in the invasion of Palestine in 1917 and 1918. It fought in the Second and Third Battles of Gaza (including the capture of Beersheba and the Sheria Position). At the end of 1917, it took part in the capture and defence of Jerusalem and in March 1918 in the Battle of Tell ‘Asur. On 3 April 1918, the Division was warned that it would move to France and by 30 April 1918 had completed embarkation at Alexandria