Hero Horse No 9 – Bess

Bess – the lucky horse. Over 10,000 horses went to the First World War from New Zealand, and Bess our Hero Horse number 9 was among them. She was one of only four to return home and came to symbolise the service and sacrifice that brave soldiers and their steeds gave to secure the freedom […]

Hero Horse No 8 – Bill The Bastard

Australia’s greatest war horse was Bill, but he was given the dubious title of Bill the Bastard because he was fierce and difficult to handle and refused to be beaten by anyone or anything into submission. He has been nominated by our wonderful Australian Ambassador Nigel Allsopp, President and Founder of AWAMO, the Australian War […]

Hero Horse No 7 – Songster

Mary Baird who has nominated him says where Songster – a handsome chestnut horse – came from no one appears to know. He was mobilised with other horses in Loughborough Market on August 4, 1914, and taken to France with The Prince Albert’s Own Yeomanry in November that year, with Trooper Bert Main in the […]

Hero Horse No 6 – Welbeck

What makes a hero horse is very personal to the people who nominate- some have taken their place in the history books for deeds carried out in war; some are, or have been, cherished by their owners and riders simply for the joy they bring . Wellbeck, nominated by Stephanie Callen has rightly earned his […]

Hero Horse No 5 – Turbo

Lizzie Oseman, from Henley on Thames, in Oxfordshire has nominated her horse TURBO as our Hero Horse number 5. She says he is one of the kindest souls on the planet. Despite his enormous size and muscle, he is calm and gentle at all times and imagines so many war horses were like him, strong […]

Hero Horse No 3 – The Horse With No Name

This is an unusual nomination and comes from Norfolk. The artist who crafted the sculpture wishes to remain anonymous, and both he and the horse have “no name” akin to the grave of the Unknown Soldier, with its eternal flame. He is nominated by Nigel Cushion, who says… We often see him appearing all around […]

Hero Horse No 2 – Blackie

This is Blackie, the War Horse who has been nominated to take his place in our 100 Hero Horses hall of fame by Jess Edwards (pictured below), who is 10 and from the Wirral and our youngest Ambassador. She says he deserves to be included as she thinks he was a true friend to his […]

Hero Horse No 1 – Annie

We have been inspired by the stories you have told us about wonderful horses, mules and donkeys who, either through war or in peacetime, have made an outstanding contribution to the lives of we humans through dedication, gentleness, strength and loyalty. Acclaimed sculptor Susan Leyland forged our own Poppy the War Horse after studying the […]

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