Sandy the War Horse

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Sandy the War Horse

Wombat Gully
Published by Ned in Weird · 20 May 2023
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Only one horse returned from WW1

During WWI Australia sent 136,000 horses overseas to be used by used by the Australian, British and Indian armed forces. Tragically, only ONE horse from the 136,000 made it back home to Australian soil. This heroic horse was Sandy, a Waler who belonged to Major General Sir William Bridges, who was killed in battle at Gallipoli.  And Sandy was born in Tallangatta (Victoria) not that far from where we live, a horse previously engaged at the local brick works.
A gentle bay standing 16 hands high, he was the Major’s favourite charger and it was his dying wish to have his beloved horse returned home to Australia to enjoy a long and happy retirement.

Locals at Tallangatta decided to recognise this famous horse and today we attended the unveiling of a statue to commemorate 100 years of the death of Sandy.

"Wombat Gully"
Mitta Mitta,  Victoria 3701
Copyright Russell Kelly 2023
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