Horses of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade destroyed after armistice, Tripoli, Syria, 1918 / R.N. Wardle

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Wardle, R. N. Captain

Title devised by cataloguer based on information from compactus card.; Part of the: Collection of photographs of World War 1914-1918.; Also available in an electronic version via the Internet at:; Lent for copying by Patience Wardle.

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    • 11/Apr/2015 23:16:55

    A shame!

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    Blue Mountains Library, Local Studies

    • 01/Feb/2016 03:35:29

    "I don’t think I could stand the thought of my old fancy hack Just crawling round old Cairo with a ’Gyppo on his back. Perhaps some English tourist out in Palestine may find My broken hearted waler with a wooden plough behind. No, I think I’d better shoot him and tell a little lie:– “He floundered in a wombat hole and then lay down to die.” Maybe I’ll get court martialled; but I’m damned if I’m inclined To go back to Australia and leave my horse behind." Major Oliver Hogue (“Trooper Bluegum”)

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    Blue Mountains Library, Local Studies

    • 01/Feb/2016 03:44:50

    "In early 1919 the Australian government decided that its animals in the Middle East would be classified according to age and fitness, with the better mounts being either passed to imperial units, pooled in remount depots for later reissue or, failing that, sold. The older and unfit horses would be destroyed. Thus in February 1919 veterinary officers began examining horses: all riding horses over 12 years old, all draught horses over 15 years old, all unsound horses and those requiring more than two months’ treatment were marked for destruction. After their manes and tails were shorn (horse hair was valuable) and their shoes removed, these horses were taken to selected spots near their camps where working parties under the command of a veterinary officer shot them with pistols. They were gutted and the skins salted (these were valuable too). In all, 3,059 of the AIF’s horses were destroyed in this way by members of Australian or British military forces."

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    JC Merriman

    • 02/Feb/2016 23:07:48

    'Sandy', the only horse to return from the First World War. In the First World War 136,000 “walers” (the general name applied to Australian horses abroad) were sent overseas for use by the Australian Imperial Force and the British and Indian governments. One horse from the 136,000 made it back to Australia. Sandy belonged to Major General Sir William Bridges, who was killed at Gallipoli. He was one of 6,100 horses who had embarked for Gallipoli. However, very few of the animals were put ashore, as Lieutenant General Sir William Birdwood decided there was not room or requirement on Anzac Cove. On 5 May Birdwood sought approval to send the horses back to Alexandria. In October 1917 Senator George Pearce, Minister for Defence, called for Sandy to be returned to Australia for pasture at Duntroon. In May 1918 the horse was sent from the Australian Veterinary Hospital at Calais to the Remount Depot at Swaythling in England. He was accompanied by Private Archibald Jordon, who had been at the hospital since April 1917 and classed as permanently unfit for further active service. After three months of veterinary observation, Sandy was declared free of disease. In September 1918 he was boarded on the freighter Booral, sailing from Liverpool and arriving in Melbourne in November. Sandy was turned out to graze at the Central Remount Depot at Maribyrnong.