Lancashire

Lathom Park walk honours war horses

War horses at Ormskirk Image copyright Imperial War Museum
Image caption More than 200,00 war horses passed through Ormskirk

Thousands of horses that died during World War One are being honoured with a special walk in Lancashire.

The walk, from Ormskirk railway station to Lathom Park, is following in the hoof prints of more than 200,000 horses who passed through the town.

Lathom Park was one of only three Remount Depots in the UK for many of the war horses.

The horses arrived at the railway station from Liverpool Docks, later there was a direct link to Lathom Park.

Lathom Park was also where thousands of men were sent to learn different equine skills.

A number of them were civilian blacksmiths and farriers.

In 1915, when the park was militarised many of those civilians became soldiers overnight.

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