Tribute to war horses

The horse's head comprising some of the 650 officers and men of the US Auxiliary Remount Depot.

The horse's head comprising some of the 650 officers and men of the US Auxiliary Remount Depot.

The Gibson family of 30, Wimborne Road, Southsea  a father and four sons who all did their bit.

An entire Portsmouth family at war – but do you recognise these men?

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You will all know the Michael Morpurgo book War Horse which inspired the hit play and the Steven Spielberg film which was shown on TV last Sunday evening. It tells the story of one horse during the First World War.

These horses were obtained and trained by the Army Remount Service which ran from 1887 to 1942.

At its peak in 1917, 870,000 horses and mules, with stabling for 60,000, existed in four places in England. One of them was at Romsey.

The United States also had a similar unit called the Remount Cavalry and as a tribute to the eight million horses killed during the war, 650 officers and enlisted men at the Auxiliary Remount Depot 326, at Camp Cody, New Mexico, formed up to create a horse’s head.

Here we see them in this magnificent photograph. It sent to me by Nigel Elliot from New Zealand who reads the News online at portsmouth.co.uk.

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