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 […]

Hero Horse No 23 – Comanche

This is a story that’s the stuff of legends…the mixed breed horse with unknown ancestry, who rode at the notorious Battle of the Little Big Horn, received seven bullet wounds, had arrows sticking out of him, and lost a lot of blood, but survived. His story began in 1868 when the US Army bought him […]

Hero Horse No 22 – Sergeant Reckless

Introducing Sergeant Reckless, a small Mongolian-bred mare with a racing background in her native country, who became a national hero and the pride of the US Marines. She was purchased at the age of five for 250 US dollars – from a young Korean boy who needed money to buy his sister an artificial limb […]

Hero Horse No 21 – Mull 1996- 2020

In his time with Police Scotland, Mull was highly renowned for his confidence in crowds. This calm, yet confident, demeanour led to him being used at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014, where he provided crowd control services and was on hand to police any emergencies, should they have arisen. Over the course of […]

Hero Horse No 20 – Sir Briggs

‘Briggs‘ was a survivor of the famous Charge of the Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaklava on 25 October 1854 and the real life War Horse that helped inspire Tennyson’s epic and enigmatic poem Charge of the Light Brigade. He has been nominated by Davy Russell, who lives in Builth Wells, in Breconshire. A […]

Hero Horse No 19 – Oscar

The dedicated team at The Horse Trust have nominated gentle giant Oscar, who sadly died earlier this month, to our hall of fame. Oscar arrived at The Horse Trust in December 2019 after an impressive 13 years’ service as an officer’s charger for the Household Division. Oscar, a striking 17.2hh Irish Sport Horse, was described […]

Hero Horse No 18 – Reiver

Rarely does a story touch so many lives on social media as the story of Reiver, a dark bay 16-hand mare and Ricky Fenwick, an Army veteran… theirs is a story of friendship, loyalty and proof – if ever it were needed – of the healing power of horses. Hundreds of people from all over […]

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