Major General to unveil tribute to equine hero

DISTINGUISHED army man Major General WB “Digger” James will unveil the Tamworth memorial to the Australian Light Horse on October 29.

The major general will also take the salute for the Peel St march, immediately prior to the memorial opening.

The idea was launched on Anzac Day 2001 to create a lasting memorial to the thousands of Waler horses sent to war, with only one coming home.

The Waler Committee has worked tirelessly to raise the $150,000 needed to make this dream a reality. Sculptor Tanya Bartlett has now completed her creation of the Waler horse and trooper.

Moulds will now be taken, with the final hard plaster moulds then used to pour molten bronze, ending up with the final bronze memorial. It will stand proudly in Bicentennial Park, adjacent to the World War II


The unveiling ceremony, on Saturday, October 29, begins with the Peel St march leaving Viaduct Park at 10.45am led by 50 to 60 mounted Light Horse re-enactment riders in authentic WWI saddlery and equipment, to be followed by the Hunter River Lancers’ vehicles.

It is expected a fully restored WWI gun limber from Murrurundi will join the march.

The bronze casting is being done by Crawfords Casting in Sydney, the company responsible for casting Tanya Bartlett’s other works of boxer Les Darcy and Sir Donald Bradman.

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