WWI – NZ Horse

On Saturday 6 July 1920, the only four horses that returned to New Zealand after service in the great war disembarked at Kings wharf  in Wellington (out of about 10,000 that left NZ for war).

One of the best known was the horse  Bess who served with Colonel GC Powles. She traveled to Egypt, Sinai, Palestine, France, Germany and England.

She became the model for an ANZAC monument erected to the memory of the ANZAC mounted troops at Port Said in Egypt.

Upon her death in 1934 (at the ripe old age of 24) the Colonel erected a private monument at her burial site.

New Zealand Mounted Rifles
Horse with rider, displaying historic New Zealand Mounted Rifles uniform, ANZAC Parade Wellington.