Saturday, January 21, 2012

The War Horse Memorial

On Friday we welcomed Dutch brothers Rommert and Roelof Bakker. Rommert had come across a reference to St Jude's at the war memorial at Chipilly in France to the 58th (London) Division - many of whom fell during the Battle of Amiens in August 1918. The monument depicts an artilleryman cradling the head of his wounded horse and so is another unusual example of a memorial to fallen war horses. It is the work of French sculptor Henri Désiré Gauquié (1858-1927) whose native village of Flers was occupied by the Germans and liberated by the British army in October 1918.

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