Un­usual re­mem­brance event ac­knowl­edges equine sac­ri­fice

Herald Express - - Letters & Opinion -

THERE is a pic­ture in this edi­tion of the Her­ald Ex­press which is un­be­liev­ably poignant for any­one who cares about the fate of an­i­mals.

It shows a train packed with horses leav­ing Paignton rail­way sta­tion, bound for the bat­tle­fields of the First World War. The street scene is in­stantly recog­nis­able and the scene is crowded with on­look­ers. And it is fair to as­sume that most, if not all, of those horses did not come back to Paignton.

Mil­lions of horses died on the bat­tle­field, and many vet­er­ans said later that the fate of those horses had left an in­deli­ble mark on them.

Their sto­ries have been told , of course, by Michael Mor­purgo in War Horse, and by our own Brian Carter in his mem­o­rable story, Jack.

On Satur­day af­ter­noon at Cock­ing­ton there will be a chance to re­mem­ber the horses, the mules and the don­keys req­ui­si­tioned from farms and coun­try es­tates and sent to war.

It is an un­usual Re­mem­brance event, and one which we hope will be well sup­ported.

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