War horse statue goes on show

  • H&H racing columnist Brough Scott is to unveil a half-size bronze of his grandfather, General Jack Seely, astride his war horse Warrior next month.

    The Seely family commissioned the statue from equine sculptor, Philip Blacker

    It has been loaned to English Heritage and will be installed at Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight.

    The statue will be in the castle’s museum for the duration of the World War 1 centenary as part of an exhibition, Men and Horses Go to War.

    Warrior who was bred on the Isle of Wight, went to France with General Jack Seely on one of the first boats in August 1914.

    8 million horses and mules died in WW1, but Warrior survived 4 years on the Western front, returning home at the of the war safe and sound.

    The sculpture is based on the famous Munnings picture used in the book published about Warrior’s life.

    Brough Scott, author, said: “It is both thrilling and appropriate that Warrior and my grandfather should now stand together in Carisbrooke Castle at the very centre of the Isle of Wight where they spent so many great times both before and after their war time adventures.”

    Carisbrooke Castle is open daily from 10am-6pm.

    For more information visit: www.english-heritage.org.uk/carisbrooke

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