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War Horse - Plough Inn

Arthur's Page

This is Arthur dressed for Armistice Day. Huge thanks go to Richard Armitage and his team at APS-UK for the lighting they have donated and installed. The image is portraying the tireless and unstinting effort that the horses and other conscripted animals gave at the request of their handlers. The lighting enhances this.

Why a Memorial to the War Horse?

Late last year [2017] the Pamber Parish Council announced that it would be holding an event to commemorate the passing of 100 years since the end of the Great War. Ideas of how this could be recognised were sort. A purpose made WW1 bench was agreed as a fitting object. This will be installed close to the Beacon in Pamber Park, with a dedication ceremony being held on 11th November 2018. Parishioners felt that something should be done for the South Ward, and the council agreed to fund this. But what should it be?

The War Horse Memorial was unveiled on 8th June 2018 in Ascot and is the first National Memorial dedicated exclusively to the millions of UK, Allied and Commonwealth horses, mules and donkeys lost during The Great War. This seemed a fitting cause to support. With full agreement and sanction of the War Horse Memorial CIC, I commissioned a representation of the Memorial Emblem – the war horse silhouette.

Why 23rd August?

Following Britain declaring war on Germany, the Battle of Mons was the first major action in which the British Expeditionary Force fought, which occurred between the 23rd/24th August 1914. In the following 4 years more than 15 million men women and children lost their lives, while over 8 million horses, donkeys and mules perished, as a result of the war.

23rd August has been designated National Purple Poppy Day and will become an annual event. The appeal was launched on the 28th July this year by dropping a million purple poppies over Windsor to start the appeal.

The Inspiration

The War Horse Memorial in Ascot is the first National Memorial dedicated exclusively to the millions of UK, Allied and Commonwealth horses, mules and donkeys lost during The Great War. It pays tribute to the nobility, courage, unyielding loyalty and immeasurable contribution these animals played in giving us the freedom of democracy we all enjoy today. The monument is the inspiration of Alan Carr MBE and Susan Osborne MSc FRSA, who’s drive raised the funds for the statue and plinth, which was unveiled in June of this year.

It consists of a larger than life bronze horse standing on an inscribed stone plinth created by the British sculptor Susan Leyland. A nearby stone monolith with embedded augmented technology, will expand on the important educational element of the project. It is believed it will be the first time this method of communicating information and history will have been used on a British national monument.

The project will continue to form a catalyst for an on-going fundraising campaign to support military and equine charities, principally The Household Cavalry Foundation and the Mane Chance Horse Sanctuary. Our Silhouette at Little London will join in in the ongoing effert to raise funds for the charities

Why is the memorial called Arthur?

  

Private Arthur Pearce was a regular soldier in the Royal Bershire Regiment at the onset of the Great War. The regiment was part of the British Expeditionary Force [BEF] sent over to the Western Front at the start of the war. Arthur was 27 when he was killed, possibly by a sniper, early in the conflict sometime around the Battle of Mons and is buried at Ypres.

Before going to war, he lived with his wife and two daughters in a cottage in Little London opposite Beeches Cresent When he left for France, his wife was pregnant with their third child. He never saw his son.

 

 

While commissioning Arthur and organising this event, I have received much support and help from the locals of Little London and others from further afar.

My thanks go to Phil Turner for providing the steel plate and Austin Barnes for laser cutting the silhouette. They are both located in Tyne and Wear and have freely donated their time and expertise.

Andrew Watts of the Little London Brewery produced a special beer for the occasion named War Horse. In conjunction with Terry the Landlord of the Plough, £200 was raised fron the sale of the beer for the Purple Poppy Appeal.

Simon Greaves