The Horse Memorial
  • Central Port Elizabeth

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  • Latitude: -33.96212
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About The Horse Memorial

The Horse Memorial, designed by Joseph Whitehead and cast in bronze by Thames Dillon works in Surrey, was unveiled on 11 February 1905 by the Mayor of Port Elizabeth, Mr Alexander Fettes. The monument commemorates the horses that suffered and died during the Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) 

The monmument consists of life-sized bronze figures of a horse about to quench its thirst from a bucket held by a kneeling soldier, together with the inscribed granite plinth on which it stands and the base of which incorporates a drinking trough. 

The inscription on the memorial reads "The greatness of a nation consists not so much in the number of its people or the extent of its territory as in the extent and justice of its compassion." 

The monmument was first erected in Park Drive but moved to it's current location in Cape Road in 1957.

On 6 April 2015 the memorial was vandalised by a group of men but have been repaired by members of the NMMU Sculpture Collective on 6 May 2016.

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