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Letter from Lord Kitchener   Comments: 8
Photo: Graham Taylor   Item #: 29625  
Letter from Lord Kitchener
  Transcript :"Field Marshall Lord Kitchener has declared that no horses under 15 hands shall be requisitioned belonging to the British family P.L & Freda Hewitt". I believe it was on display at the Imperial War Museum North in Manchester a few years ago.  

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Comments by Scaramouche, 10th August 2017  
It is items like this, which thanks to wiganworld are available for everyone to see. As the old advert said
"often imitated never bettered"

Comments by Ellen, 10th August 2017  
This and the photo are a wonderful find! Now we at Wiganworld know "the rest of the story".
..Thanks go to Graham and (belatedly, to Lord Kitchener!)

Comments by Wigwann, 11th August 2017  
I have also seen the letter on display. Worse fate awaited the Anzac horses who were killed on the battlefields before repatriation of soldiers back to Australia and New Zealand.I understand this was done to prevent transmission of infection back to the Antipodes.
Aditionally there is a very moving memorial near Park Lane London to all the animals who served, well worth a look if visiting the capital. I know one lady who takes a wreath there each Armistice Weekend to to honour these overlooked combatants

Comments by Helen of Troy, 11th August 2017  
Yes Ellen it is a heart warming story & I am really pleased we got a happy ending !

Comments by Maureen, 11th August 2017  
God love every one of them...beautiful creatures.

Comments by Ellen, 11th August 2017  
For Helen of Troy, I think of you often, when walking my dog, who is fascinated by a lovely donkey in one of the fields we pass. He is a beautiful animal,with a lovely creamy beige coat and large ears("like errant wings")! He lives on a farm with cows and goats.

Comments by Helen of Troy, 12th August 2017  
Ellen what a lovely thing to say !
We were down among the donkeys in Sidmouth, Devon a few weeks ago to meet our adopted donkey Gareth, he is very sweet.

Comments by David, 2nd December 2017  
My Great Grandfather Henry Surguy was Lord Kitcheners personal servant and was drowned with him when the ship H.M.S. Hampshire was sunk at Marwick Head in Scotland. Bodies never found.

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