100 Hero Horses

Hero Horse No32 – Sandy the Survivor

Nigel Alsopp, our War Horse Memorial ambassador in Australia, has nominated Sandy, the only horse to return Down Under after serving in World War One. He says: “According to the Australian War Memorial, during The Great War Australia sent 136,000 horses overseas to be used by the Australian, British and Indian armed forces. Sandy, a […]

Hero Horse Number 31 – Dark Shift

You might be surprised to see a thoroughbred racehorse nominated as a hero horse, but Dark Shift made history earlier this month when he won the first War Horse Memorial Stakes, at Ascot, ridden by champion jockey Ryan Moore. As you can see he proudly wears a knitted purple poppy on his bridle to support […]

Hero Horse number 30 – Mercury The Gentle Giant

Mercury, a veteran drum horse, has been nominated by The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment to join our Hall of Fame. Mercury sadly passed away recently. He had been receiving constant veterinary care after an incident in transit between training activities. He will be remembered by the Regiment as a larger than life character with gentle […]

Vic, our Hero Horse No29, saluted in Montrose exhibition

Little known for more than a century, the story of Captain Alexander Wallace MC and his faithful war horse, Vic, is now the centrepiece of a new exhibition at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre thanks to husband and wife volunteers Michael and Sian Brewis and their lockdown research for the Animals at War exhibition. Captain […]

Hero Horse No 29 – Vic The Faithful

The bond between soldier and horse can never be underestimated and it is demonstrated here in the story of Vic and Captain Wallace, sent to us by Sian Brewis. Sian is Volunteer/Director at Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, in Scotland. She tells us “whilst recently doing research for a new display at the museum, my […]

Hero Horse No 28 – Ben the Brilliant

There are many reasons why horses, mules and donkeys make their mark and leave a lasting impression on us. So it was with Ben who came to Raystede Centre for Animal Welfare in 2012 after his competition career was cut short when his eyesight failed him. His owners became concerned when he started to refuse […]

Hero Horse No 27 – Murphy the Gallipoli Donkey

This is a tale of reversed fortunes. Often a soldier is recognised for bravery while the deeds of his faithful animal go unsung and unrewarded. Murphy the trusted donkey of Private John Simpson Kirkpatrick, and nominated by our Ambassador Michael Thompson, was posthumously awarded a Purple Cross by the RSPCA, the highest honour available for […]

Hero Horse No 26 – Gallant the Gentleman

You, our wonderful volunteers and supporters, suggested that our tribute to horses should include ALL equids and so we welcome this wonderful donkey, nominated by the kind-hearted staff at Reystede Centre for Animal Welfare in Ringmer, East Sussex to feature as one of our 100 Hero Horses. We at War Horse Memorial were so sad […]

Hero Horse No 25 – Copenhagen The Noble

Wellington’s famous horse was named after the Copenhagen campaign of 1807. Born in 1808, he was a chestnut stallion of 15 hands. He was sired by ‘Meteor’, who was second in the 1786 Derby. A failed race horse, Copenhagen was shipped off to Spain during the Peninsular War and it was here that he was […]

Hero Horse No 24 – Vonolel The Reliable

We start the New Year with the latest addition in our search to find one hundred hero horses. Vonolel, a nimble grey Arab horse, purchased in Bombay by Field Marshal Lord Roberts who bought his trusty steed while he was still a major soon after the Lushai Expedition of 1871-1872. During which he defeated the […]

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