June 29th, 2019.
Local MP Nicky Morgan and the people of Loughborough came together on Armed Forces Day to see 12-year old Lewis Main unveil an armature, an open-framed sculpture, of the town’s most famous war horse, Songster. It stands in the shadows of the Carillion Tower, in Queen’s Park, which is a unique and iconic memorial built in 1923 to commemorate all those who lost their lives in World War One.
We are told the chestnut gelding almost didn’t go to war… he was already 14 and smaller than the other horses. But go to war he did with Albert Main of the 5th Leicestershire Regiment and he became a legend on the battle field, and a local celebrity when the war ended in 1918, and he came home. Songster died peacefully in 1940 at West Beacon Farm in Woodhouse Eaves, aged over 40.
He was buried with all his medals. A book has been written in tribute to his extraordinary life by local author Alison Mott and beautifully illustrated by Liz Waddell. Additional text is by Mel Gould and Mary Baird of Loughborough Carillion Tower and War Memorial Museum.
The book is available to buy now at the price of £6.99.
You can purchase your copy for just £6.99 from the Charnwood Museum (Queen’s Park, Loughborough). Cash or credit and debit cards are accepted.
The Charnwood Museum is open Tuesday to Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm, and on Sundays: 2pm – 5pm.