In June 2018, War Horse Memorial, Poppy was unveiled in Ascot and can be found on the roundabout, next to Heathwood Hospital and car park 1 of Ascot Racecourse.
All about the War Horse Memorial in Ascot
‘The War Horse Memorial is the first national memorial dedicated to the millions of UK, Commonwealth and Allied horses, mules and donkeys lost during The Great War. It pays tribute to the nobility, courage, unyielding loyalty and immeasurable contribution these animals played in giving us the freedom of democracy we all enjoy today, and signifies the last time the horse would be used on a mass scale in modern warfare’. Information Source: War Horse Memorial.
Underneath Poppy’s feet is a time capsule which contains items from the war including barbed wire from the Western Front, medals, a whistle and more.
Purple poppies are placed at the memorial to remember animals lost during the war. On the pavement opposite the War Horse Memorial you will see are area which provides more information about the statue and memorial. On the wall there are also two purple painted poppies by artist Jenna Fox who previously created Meadow of Purple Poppies.
When I visited the War Horse Memorial there was a horseshoe with one purple poppy at the foot of the memorial.
All about the sculpture
The bronze sculpture of Poppy sits on a 3m high stone plinth which was created by British sculptor Susan Leyland. The horse has barbed wire at it’s feet.
Can we visit the sculpture?
The War Horse Memorial can be seen from the car. However you can also park in Ascot and walk up the road to admire the sculpture.
What else is in Ascot?
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