The Horse Drawn War
New temporary exhibition runs until 31st August
On the outbreak of the 1st World War in August 1914, the land on which the REME Garrison is currently based was the site of an Army Remount Depot. Run by the Army Service Corps, the purpose of the Depot was to house and prepare horses for transport to the Front and other war areas.
In 2014, REME Museum of Technology will mark the centenary of the beginning of the 1st World War. As a part of this, there will be a special exhibition looking at the journey of the horses from purchase and the Remount Depot, to their transport and role on the Front. The exhibition will run from March 2014 to August 2014.
The Depot hired a number of local people to work with the horses and Wokingham station was the destination for a number of them. These horses then ran from Wokingham Station to the Arborfield Remount Depot.
As part of the exhibition, the Museum wants to show the impact that the Remount had on the local population. We are especially interested in stories which have been passed down of people’s memories of the remount and the horses during the years 1910 - 1920.
To complement the new exhibition ‘Horse Drawn War’, REME Museum is hosting three lectures looking at the role of horses and other animals in war time, both historically and in fiction. For more information please click here to download the full program.
Left Image: First World War Stable Block on Arborfield Garrison in 2013. Right Image: Horses and Troopers in training.