War Horses

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Dur­ing the First World War, horses did a lot of hard work. They hauled heavy guns, pulled wagons and field kitchens, trans­ported in­jured sol­diers and more. One out of every 10 horses used in the war was from Canada — about 130,000 in to­tal. Every year of the war at least one-quar­ter of them died in bat­tle. Bunny was the only one of 18 horses the Toronto po­lice sent over­seas to sur­vive the war. He served in many dan­ger­ous bat­tles, in­clud­ing Vimy Ridge. Morn­ing Glory, shown above, left her home in Brome, Que., in 1915 along with her owner, Lieu­tenant-Colonel Ge­orge Harold Baker, a Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment. Baker was killed in the trenches of Bel­gium, the only Cana­dian MP to die in the war. Morn­ing Glory be­came the per­sonal horse of a com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, and made it home af­ter the war with­out ever see­ing bat­tle.

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