HRH The Princess Royal has agreed to unveil the memorial statue to First World War warhorses that is to be erected in Romsey's War Memorial Park in Hampshire, England.
The ceremony will take place on Friday 3rd July 2015 and admission to the Park will be by ticket only. Applications for tickets must be received by Friday 29th May 2015.
Send your application to Town Clerk, Town Hall, 1 Market Place, Romsey, Hampshire SO51 8YZ in an envelope marked “application for tickets to the War Horse unveiling”
There will be a separate draw for places for the disabled and if you wish to enter that draw mark your envelope 'Disabled'.
Tickets will be sent to successful applicants on 12th June.
Details of the day will appear on this website by the middle of May, once they have been finalised.
Copies of the book can be bought from Romsey Town Hall, from Oasis Christian Centre in Church Street Romsey or from Romsey Tourist Information Centre, Church Street Romsey. You can buy it online from Romsey Local History Society. www.ltvas.org.uk
The plinth has been laid in Romsey's War Memorial Park. Within the concrete are embedded four horseshoes from the battlefields of Flanders, together with some nail fragments, a Remount Service cap badge and two of the terracotta war horses made at King John's House. (Click here to see pictures.)
Where the ground was dug up to make for new paths in the Park, remains of hardcore, brick and other rubble was seen. These are remains of Romsey's Remount Camp which were used to make a suitable surface for the town's War Memorial Park.
In World War I there was a massive Remount Camp on Pauncefoot Hill just outside Romsey. In little more than 3 years, it prepared 120,000 horses and mules for war service.
After the War the Remount Camp was completely demolished and largely forgotten, but hardcore from the camp was used to raise the ground level of the new War Memorial Park in Romsey.
Local people decided to commemorate the horses and men who served at the Remount Camp and in their memory a statue has been commissioned that will stand in the park. Local sculptor Amy Goodman designed and cast in bronze resin a statue of a warhorse and soldier. This is probably the only statue in the world commemorating horses in the service of war. 2015 marks the centenary of the opening of Romsey Remount Depot.
The cost of statue and alterations to the park to provide it with a suitable setting will be in the region of £80,000 so we still need your help. We have received about that sum, but a little more is needed for ongoing upkeep of the statue, so further donations will be welcomed.
If you would like to donate towards the project
you can send a cheque to The Town Clerk, Town Hall, Romsey, SO51 8YZ.
If you want to make a payment directly to our bank account, contact the Town Clerk for details. (01794-512837)
For further information contact Cllr Dorothy Baverstock on 01794-517552 or Phoebe Merrick on 01794-513751.
Romsey is in Hampshire in Southern England.
Website revised 20 May 2015