Saturday Statues – the War Horse

During World War One, horses were still the primary means of transporting men and equipment.

About 110,000 of the 1.3 million horses and mules involved in the conflict passed through a giant military depot just outside Romsey. Horses arrived by train or were shipped into Southampton docks, before being guided up through the streets to the depot near Ranvilles Farm. The animals and their military handlers were then trained there before being despatched to the battle fronts.

Only about one in 10 horses survived the war.

The life-sized statue of a horse and officer in the town’s Memorial Park was unveiled by the Princess Royal in July 2015.

Residents raised £50,000 for the public art, which was created by sculptor Amy Goodman.

Read more about the lovely town of Romsey in my recent blog post here.

 

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