Also known as The Tamworth Waler Memorial, the theme of the memorial is remembering Australian horses that have served in wars, and the memorial shows Australian Light Horse trooper saying farewell to his `Waler`horse in the Middle East desert at the end of World War One.
The term `Waler` was given to the Australian horse that became legendary in India, in South Africa during the Boer War and in the Middle East during the Great War of 1914 to 1918. British troops gave the horse its affectionate name as it was bred in New South Wales. During the First World War many thousands of horses were loaded onto ships and transported west.
The Australian Light Horseman and his horse had a huge impact on the outcome of the war. When regiments embarked for Egypt they were accompanied by their horses and throughout the campaign these horses were reinforced from Australia. More than that, the Indian Cavalry brigades ordered to Palestine in 1918 were mounted almost exclusively on Australian-bred Walers.
The Project to build the memorial was started on 25 April 2001 (ANZAC Day) and the cost of $190000 dollars to construct the memorial was raised mainly through public donations. THe memorial was unveiled of 29 October 2005 (which was the date of the Light Horse charge at Beer-Sheba in World War One) by Major-General Digger James.
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