As we approach the Centenary date for the end of World War 1, we should spare some time to remember those that paid the ultimate sacrifice during that time. Not only did huge numbers of people loose their their lives during the war, many were left with the harrowing effects from that experience.
In World war 1 horses, along with their owners, were called up to fight for King and Country. Charltons’ best horses went along with Ferdinand Charlton and his brother Edward. (Ferdinand returned safely and went onto to purchase a coal business to add to the Pit Prop Work. Ferdinand’s son, Tony (AJ) Charlton, is Charltons Chairman).
Horses were heavily used in WW1 and were involved in the war’s first military conflict involving Great Britain; a cavalry attack near Mons in August 1914. Horses were mainly used as a form of transport during the war.
Both Britain and Germany had a cavalry force that each numbered about 100,000 men when the war broke out in Western Europe in August 1914. Such a number of men would have needed a significant number of horses. All senior military personnel at this time believed in the supremacy of the cavalry attack. In fact, in Great Britain, the cavalry regiments would have been seen as the senior regiments in the British Army, along with the Guards regiments, and very many senior army positions were held by cavalry officers.
In August 1914, no-one could have contemplated the horrors of trench warfare.