Purton Historical Society meeting – Purton Remount Depot at Manor Hill During the Great War (talk)

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 28/05/2015
7.30 pm - 9.30 pm


Location
Purton Village Hall

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A talk by Bob Lloyd, detailing the specialist breaking depot established in Purton to retrain problematic horses from remount depots.

During the Great War, an enormous amount of horses and mules were required to support the military. Horse purchasing officers bought large numbers of horses to supply the various remounts established across the south. Large numbers of horses were also shipped in from North America, but not all took to the military regime and proved problematic and dangerous to those charged with turning out horses and mules to military standard. In 1915, William Robson and his sons established a remount depot at Manor Hill in Purton, more correctly titled a horse breaking establishment. Here horses and mules from across the southern area command and beyond were sent for retraining, and it had a very high success rate. The work of such depots is hard to find in printed form; no evidence of the depot itself is visible. But thanks to a privately owned archive of documents, the story of the work carried out in Purton can be told. The talk also includes details of horse mobilization and the work of the horse purchasing officers.

Admission: £3 for non-members.

For more information, phone 01793 770117 or Bob Lloyd on 07825 338278.

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(Photos courtesy of Bob Lloyd)