War horses memorial

Purple Cross Service of Victoria1926

Shrine of Remembrance

Shrine of Remembrance
Melbourne, Australia

This memorial drinking trough was dedicated in 1926 by Sir John Monash in recognition of the contribution made by horses to the First World War effort. The memorial, which was originally located along St Kilda Road was relocated to its present location in the Shrine Reserve in 1987.

The memorial was funded by the Purple Cross Society of Victoria (originally the Troop Horse Fund), a female-led organisation dedicated to caring for horses in wartime. The inscription reads: 'He gains no crosses as a soldier may, no medals for the many risks he runs, he only in his puzzled, patient way, sticks to his guns.'


  • Title: War horses memorial
  • Creator: Purple Cross Service of Victoria
  • Date Created: 1926
  • Location Created: Melbourne, Australia
  • Type: Sculpture
  • External Link: Shrine of Remembrance

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