Arthur the War Horse


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Reference WMO265991

Address:

the Plough Inn

Silchester Road

Little LOndon

Tadley

RG26 5EP

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Other monument
Materials:
  • Metal Iron
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Infilled silhouette of a horse with the head bowed fixed with silver bolts to the exterior brick wall of the public house. The base of the sculpture runs along a bar with a row of barbed wire between the horse's hooves. A purple poppy is on the neck of the horse. The dedicative plaque sits just above the sculpture. A light box that colours the emblem a shade of either purple of red is fitted, functioning best with dark light of an evening.
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ARTHUR THE WAR HORSE/ THIS SILHOUETTE, OF THE WAR HORSE, COMMEMORATES THE PASSING OF 100 YEARS SINCE THE END OF THE GREAT WAR. IT PAYS HOMAGE, NOT ONLY TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO GAVE THE ULTIMATE SACRIFICE FOR OUR FREEDOM, BUT ALSO, OVER 8 MILLION FORGOTTEN LIVES OF THE HORSES, MULES AND DONKEYS THAT WENT, UNKNOWINGLY AND WITHOUT OBJECTION, TO SUPPORT OUR FORECES IN A TIME OF NEED./ THIS SILHOUETTE IS A REPRESENTATION OF THE FIRST NATIONAL MONUMENT DEDICATED TO THE HORSES OF THE FIRST WORLD WAR, WHICH STANDS IN ASCOT./ THE PURPLE POPPY MOTIF IS IN SUPPORT OF THE MILITARY AND EQUINE CHARITIES SUPPORTED BY THE MEMORIAL APPEAL./ LEST WE FORGET/ THANKS MUST BE GIVEN TO THE FRIENDS OF THE PLOUGH PH FOR THEIR HELP IN PLACING THE SILHOUETTE. PHIL TURNER OF IVANHOE FORGE AND AUSTIN BARNES OF UNICRON SHEET METAL, WHO HAVE DONATED THEIR TIME, EXPERTISE AND MATERIALS TO THIS LASTING PROJECT.

Arthur Pearce

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