Diocese of Portsmouth

    ‘The Horse the Germans Couldn’t Kill’

    12 Nov. 2018

    100 years of Remembering our Fallen Heroes

    PUPILS at Hook-with-Warsash C of E Academy invited members of the local community to a special Remembrance service commemorating 100 years since the end of World War One.

    The children told the true story of Warrior the War Horse who served in many key battles during World War One. Warrior was a bay thoroughbred, born in the Isle of Wight and owned by Jack Seely. He was trained to charge as part of the cavalry and carried Jack safely at the frontline during World War One, including the Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Passchendaele, in which Warrior became entrenched in deep mud but was dragged out by the soldiers around him. He became known as ‘The horse the Germans couldn’t kill’.

    Warrior the War Horse, with owner Jack Seely

    When Warrior returned from the war he took part in parades all across the country, and in 1922 he won the Isle of Wight Point to Point race. In 2014 a bronze statue of Warrior was unveiled at Carisbrooke Castle in the Isle of Wight. He was also awarded the first PDSA Dickin Medal for bravery.

    The statue of Warrior at Carisbrooke Castle

    The pupils from Hook-with-Warsash C of E Academy told Warrior’s story as a short play and included WW1 songs such as It’s a Long Way to Tipperary and Keep the Home Fires Burning to sing along with their special guests. Elderly visitors to the school remarked that it was a pleasure to see the children perform and “the emotion and enthusiasm shown by the young actors, no more than 10-years-old, caused many a tear to fall.” They also enjoyed reflecting on the service afterwards with a “good ol’ cup of tea and cake” with some of the staff and children.

    School children with their 'plastic' poppies

    The pupils have also been fighting their own battle with the war on plastic by making poppies out of old plastic bottles. They have used the poppies to create displays at the school, including a trail of poppies running through the corridors.

    Headteacher Sara Willoughby said, “The children wanted to do something special to commemorate 100 years since the end of World War One. Every year we send out Harvest parcels to the elderly in the local community and we put invitations into the parcels to invite people along to our special Remembrance service. It really was a poignant story which the children told really well and the recycled poppy displays have added an extra special touch this year.”

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