Horses of the Great War are celebrated in a unique ceremony held in Worcestershire

First World War service to recognise sacrifices of horses Published Friday, 7th November 2014

Worcestershire has played tribute to the part horses played in the First World War. The event which took at The Three Counties Showground in Malvern was attended by around 300 people and 60 horses.

One of the star attractions at the show was Rangoon, a 30 year old former Household Cavalry horse who led a ride past with all of the other horses and riders – a salute was taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire.

The event was organised by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with the Worcestershire branch of the Countryside Alliance and Worcestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant.

Councillor Rob Adams, Chair of the Worcestershire Community Covenant Partnership, who has helped to organise the event said: "It is vital that we remember the brave work that was carried out by horses as much as humans during the First World War. This service has been hailed as the only such of its kind within the country and I think it is poignant that such a dedication to horses should come from a county that has an obsession with the outdoors and everything that goes with it."

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities, said: At a time where we commemorate the soldiers that lost their lives during the events of World War One the contribution played by animals in war 100 years ago is often forgotten. Horses fulfilled many different roles during the war including moving ammunition and general supplies to pulling artillery with some even ridden by soldiers in the frontline. This event provides a stark reminder of the important role horses played contrasted against their role in our rural communities today.