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Plaque dedication honours famous WWI Horse

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NEWS RELEASE^ V £ m o r i cJ.s, m ^ i w W s «**- VOors124/95 T hursday, N ovem ber 9,1995 PLAQUE DEDICATION HONOURS FAMOUS WW1 HORSE

The only horse to be returned home to Australia after service in World War 1 will be honoured tomorrow (Friday, November 10) when a plaque is dedicated to Ids memory in the grounds ofllie Royal Military College, Duntroon.

The Waler horse, known as Sandy, was the favourite charger of Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges, the first Commandant ofRM C Duntroon. General Bridges died of wounds at Gallipoli on May 16, 1915 and is buried on Mount Pleasant, overlooking RMC. The plaque

honouring Sandy has been placed next to his headstone. »

After General Bridges' death, Sandy saw service with Australian Light Horse Regiments. In 1917, he was returned to Australia as a tribute to the Light Horse and the General He was later pensioned off into paddocks near Duntroon - the only one to return out o f 160,000 Walers shipped overseas.

Tomorrow's ceremony is the culmination of a ftmd-raising project involving the sale of Sandy the Waler Aniae Day colouring-in books through Defence Force Credit Union branches accross Australia. The plaque will be dedicated by RMC Commandant Brigadier Simon Willis.

Dedication organisor Captain Terry Bell said it was fitting that the plaque was unveiled on the eve of Remembrance Day and during Melbourne Cup week.

"All too often, the role played by horses in war is overlooked," Capt Bell said. "It was felt that more should be done to commemorate the hardy Australian stock horses that helped create the'Anzae legend."


Your representatives are welcome to cover tomorrow's 30-minute plaque dedication at the grave of General Bridges from 10,30 am. There are signposts in Duntroon directing visitors to the grave site.

F u rth er Inform ation:

Captain Terry Bell Directorate o f Army Public Affairs Telephone: (W) 265 5883 (H) 018 898 420

Issued by the Directorate of Public Relations. Department of Defence. Canberra ACT. 2600