Germany’s use of poison gas during World War 1 meant that one had to have a gas mask for one’s horse too
Over 8 million horses died on all sides during World War One . Two and a half million horses were treated in veterinary hospitals with about two million being sufficiently cured that they could return to duty. Special acknowledge needs to be made to the Convalescent Horse Depots run by the Veterinary Corps
A great site dealing with the role and contribution of the light and draft horses go to http://www.firstworldwar.com/features/forgottenarmy.htm
In acknowledgement of the suffering of animals In 2004, at the 90th anniversary of the First World War, the UK erected a monument in Park Lane to honour all those animals who have suffered and died in warfare.
Gunner the Horse Story
Dawn Gilliant Hembling relays a personal story of her childhood growing up on the family farm in Granville Centre, Nova Scotia, during WW2 . She relays a story of a Clydesdale horse called Gunner which was destined to serve in France as a Field Gun Horse during WW One, fortunately for this horse, the war was over and it escaped the fate of other horses during World War One.