In Memoriam:Photo a week Challenge.

Nancy Merril Photograhy has given us the challenge of posting a photo that features a memorial.

At 10:40 am, on July 20, 1982 as Horse Guards were walking along South Carriage Drive in Hyde Park, on their way to the changing of the Horse Guards, a nail bomb, composed of 25 lbs of gelignite and four and six inch nails ,that had been placed in a parked car, was remotely detonated. The explosion was devastating. Three soldiers were killed outright and a fourth died of his wounds in hospital three days later. In total seven horses were killed and 8 were severely injured. The IRA (Irish Republican Army) claimed responsibility. 

On that day these lives were lost: Lieutenant D.R.A. Daly aged 23, Staff Corporal R.J. Bright aged 36, Lance Corporal J.V. Young aged 19 and Trooper S. A Tipper aged 19.  Here is their memorial.

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The horses who died were : Cedric, Epaulette, Falcon, Rochester, Waterford, Yeastvite and Zara.

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These photos are not new ones. With Covid I am not able to travel to London so these photos came from my archives.

11 Comments Add yours

  1. kunstkitchen says:

    It was truly a sad day. I was so shocked by the brutality of the act.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it was dreadful. I was in London when it happened and everyone was outraged.

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  2. From your blog I learned how horses are connected to human history

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I am happy to know that I have added to your knowledge of horses in our history. Thank you Subbashini.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes it was awful and the British public reacted very stongly to the deaths of the horses . I find it sad to see how young the cavalry men who died were too.

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  3. cigarman501 says:

    Thanks for remembering. So, so terrible what humans sometimes do.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes, man’s inhumanity to man. I was still living in England when this happened and the reaction was amazing. People were so outraged. There had been a long history of violence that had targeted the British military but for the IRA to kill horses…..that was too much. Thank you for your comment.

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      1. cigarman501 says:

        In many US,wars before WW II, maybe early in WW II, horses along with men paid a terrible price.

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        1. anne leueen says:

          WW1 was devastating for horses with millions killed in action and also when being used for transport of heavy goods. At least now there are no horses in war . Instead they are in many wounded warriors therapy programs helping humans. Something positivie there.

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