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Beamish – Horses at War
April 13 - April 15
Call the cavalry… Horses at War at Beamish Museum
An amazing 60 horses, from the cavalry to pack ponies, will be at Beamish Museum this weekend to tell the story of First World War horses.
Horses at War from Friday, 13th to Sunday, 15th will include the 16th Lancers Cavalry Unit, magnificent horse-drawn vehicles, a military encampment, First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, Durham Pals and much more.
Visitors can travel on horse-drawn vehicles and see a horse-drawn field kitchen, horse and human ambulances, a Thresh disinfector, mess cart and GS (general service) wagons.
Horses and soldiers will be gathering at a depot in The 1900s Town, ready to be sent to the front line. Visitors can join up at the recruiting station and try samples from the 29th Field Kitchen.
Teams of horses will be helping the war effort on the Home Front with ploughing and other field work, and pit ponies will be hauling tubs and in harness.
One million horses and mules were sent to France in the First World War and it’s estimated that only about 60,000 returned home. Many farmers, job masters and companies had horses, wagons and carts requisitioned to join the war effort.