Promotion Hindered by Icelandic Horses
Born in Vejen, Peder Madsen Kjær (1862-1937) became a sergeant in the Border Gendarmerie and served in Hømlund and Vester Vedsted. He was also responsible for the policing of the construction work at Ribediget, which was completed in 1915.
Horses and promotions
Dismounted Sergeant Kjær had faced promotion for years. However, as his superior, Lieutenant Colonel Rømmeling, noted in the recommendation, this could not occur until 1914, when it was decided to use riding horses again. Kjær had simply weighed too much for an Icelandic horse to carry him. He became a mounted sergeant first class in Obbekær, going on to become a staff sergeant at the border in Bov following the Reunification in 1920.