A real-life Joey and Albert duo

The Brisbane Times has an interesting story today — I think it’s now yesterday in Australia — about a man and his horse who went to Gallipoli together. Only one came home:

“Shot by snipers at Gallipoli in May 1915, Major-General Sir William Bridges was bleeding to death in a hospital ship when he reportedly asked that his beloved horse Sandy be sent back to Australia.”

Sandy was returned to Australia in 1918 — the only one to come home of the 6,100 horses sent to Gallipoli.


They eat horses, do they?

From our Facebook friends Small Town, Great War:

On 21st March 1918, the ‘Hucknall Dispatch’ reported the opening of a shop selling horse meat in Hucknall. According to Clem Biddlestone, a school boy at the time, the consumption of horse meat was connected to the arrival of a Belgian refugee family in the town:

“The first time time I heard of horse meat was when a family, Belgian refugees, came to live in Betts Street. It wasn’t a nice thought but it became accepted. Horse meat was much lighter in colour than the deep red of beef,” (letter to author, 25th February 2003).