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Remembrance Day: First Royal Navy war horse service held

By Staff Reporter

Published 14/11/2016

The first service has been held by the Royal Navy to remember the eight million horses killed in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. An estimated 900,000 horses died at the Battle of the Somme alone.

A remembrance event at the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Riding Stables at Bickleigh Barracks close to Plymouth was held on the 100th anniversary of that battle - which also saw a huge loss of life from Ulster regiments.

Wearing a poppy garland, Rocky, a horse given the rank of sergeant major, led five others from the stables. Young riders and military officers also took part. Around 100 people were at the event, which is to become an annual one.

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