Horse Memorial, Port Elizabeth

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The Horse Memorial is a provincial heritage site in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, in memory of the horses that served and died during the Second Boer War.
During that conflict Britain brought a large number of horses to South Africa; it is estimated that the total cost of all the horses acquired for the war was around 7 million pounds. More than 300,000 horses died in British service in South Africa.
The memorial was described in the Government Gazette as
One of the principal reasons for Port Elizabeth taking such an interest in the movement, which started in 1901, was the fact that most of the horses brought to this country were landed there. The horses were shipped from all over the world, including 50,000 from the United States and 35,000 from Australia.
A ladies committee was formed with Mrs Harriet Meyer as president and £800 was collected for Messrs Whitehead and Sons, of Kennington and Westminster, to erect the statue.
The statue was originally located close to the junction of Park Drive and Rink Street, next to St George's Park, but was moved to its present position in Cape Road in the 1950s.
The Mayor said in his unveiling speech:
The horse stands 16 hands 2 inches, and the figure of the soldier is life size.
In addition to the memorial proper, there is a drinking trough for horses and cattle, and the wants of the thirsty wayfarer are also provided for. The design as a whole is an object lesson in kindness, and may appeal to the cruel or careless driver, and teach him that there are some who do not think it beneath them to attend to the wants of animals placed under their charge.
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  • This is a beautiful memorial that is worth taking time to visit. It is a beautiful tribute to the animals that have been involved in battle.  more »
  • Finely detailed memorial to all horses killed in war. Worth a quick visit for tourists to the city..  more »
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  • I didn't feel safe to stop the car and walk in that area. Surroundings are not well kept.
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