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War Horse Statue Unveiled In Ascot

The bronze war horse weighs 1.5 tonnes and stands tall on a three-metre high stone plinth, in the middle of a roundabout in Ascot high...

A national memorial dedicated to the millions of horses, mules and donkeys which died during World War One has been unveiled in Ascot.

The bronze statue took four years to make, with people coming from all over Britain and as far afield as New Zealand to show their support for the sacrifices the animals gave during the conflict.

The bronze war horse weighs 1.5 tonnes and stands on a three-metre high stone plinth, in the middle of a roundabout in Ascot high street.

War Horse Ascot

During the unveiling, a minute's silence was held as a mark of respect.

The Guides and Brownies named the bronze horse Poppy the War Horse.

Underneath lies a sealed chamber which contains significant artefacts from the Great War.

War Horse Ascot

The memorabilia includes medals, coins and buttons collected from across the UK and even barbed wire from No Mans Land.

Around 8 million horses died in WW1.

War Horse Ascot

The sculptor, Susan Leyland says the project has been "physically tiring and emotionally difficult.

"It's not just a horse standing there looking pretty - she has something to say."

Colonel Barry Jenkins, Colonel Commandant Royal Regiment of Artillery said: "The Great War was pretty grubby, bloody and muddy - and actually I think she's brought that to life with the barbed wire."

War Horse Ascot

Colonel Jenkins added that the barbed wire showed the suffering the horses went through.

"These were beautiful beasts but just look at what they had to go through."

It's hoped the statue will put a fresh focus on the service and sacrifice of horses during conflict and is now on show in Ascot.

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