Unusual remembrance event acknowledges equine sacrifice
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.