Memorial to Australian Horses Proposed

Sandy, the only one of the more than 100,000 Australian horses sent overseas in WW1 to return home.

Sandy, the only one of the more than 100,000 Australian horses sent overseas in WW1 to return home.

During the First World War, Australian troops fought in Turkey, the Middle East, and on the Western Front in Europe.  Over the course of the war, more than 100,000  horses were sent overseas from Australia serving as mounts for fighting troops, such as the legendary Australian Light Horse, as well as hauling artillery, supplies and casualties.

Of all the horses dispatched from Australia, only one, known as “Sandy,” ever returned home.  She had been the personal mount of Major General Sir William Bridges who died at Gallipoli.  Sandy lived until 1923, and since that time the memory of this sole survivor of all those sent overseas has been kept alive.

Recently, the Friends of Sandy organization has received a some $16K under an Australian WW1 centenary grants project in order to create a memorial to Sandy as well as the contribution of all of the Australian horses to the Allied effort in World War I.

For more information, see the story in The Weekly Review for Mooney Valley, Victoria, Australia.