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The tribute to the War Horses was originally unveiled in 1926 on St Kilda Road but was moved in 1987 to its present position near the Shrine of Remembrance. The granite horse trough was erected by the Purple Cross Society, an organisation of women animal lovers who concerned themselves with the welfare of horses during World War One, using funds raised by Boer War Light Horsemen
958000 horses and mules were killed in World War One. 169000 left Australia and never returned either killed in action or in died in quarantine.
One of the most famous was a horse called `David` which served in the 107 Battery Regiment 1899-1902 during the Boer War, and then as a gun wheel in France. He was awarded many Army medals and honours including the Queen`s Medal, the King`s Medal and Star with bar.
Unveiled by Sir John Monash during animal week and under the auspices of the Society for the Protection of Animals. Every year wreaths are laid around the memorial by organisations.
|Address:||St Kilda Road, Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne, 3000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.82957|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 10th May, 1926|
Purple Cross Service of Victoria.
He gains no crosses as a soldier may. No medals for the many risks he runs. He only in his puzzled, patient way sticks to his guns
A TRIBUTE TO OUR WAR HORSES