Warrior - a Real War Horse

Warrior was a Real War Horse

Foaled on the Isle of Wight in 1908, Warrior went to war on the Western Front with Winston Churchill’s great friend, General Jack Seely, in 1914. There he survived all imaginable disasters, was active in many famous battles including those at the Somme and Ypres and he came back four years later.
Eight million other horses and mules did not.
Returning with Jack Seely to his native Isle of Wight in 1918, he lived on until the grand old age of 33, even winning a point to point four years to the day that he had led the charge at Moreuil Wood.
His obituary in the Evening Standard in 1941 read ‘Horse the Germans Could Not Kill’.


100 Years Later...

In September 2014, 100 years after Warrior went to war on the Western Front, he was awarded the PDSA Dickin medal, recognised at the animals Victoria Cross and honouring all the animals that served in the Great War.

Flowerdew’s Charge, 30 March 1918
© Sir Alfred Munnings Art Museum


Brough Scott MBE with ‘Galaxy’, a Kings Troop Horse, and the PDSA Dickin Medal

WARRIOR: The Amazing Story of a Real War Horse

First published as My Horse Warrior by General Jack Seely in 1934, Warrior was published again in 2011 and then in paperback in 2013 and 2014. Introduced by Seely’s grandson, the writer and broadcaster, Brough Scott, it contains the original drawings and paintings by the famous equine and war artist, Sir Alfred Munnings, painted of Warrior on the Western Front in 1918 and at home on the Isle of Wight after the war. The world-wide theatre, and Spielberg cinematic productions of War Horse are fiction.
Warrior is an amazing story, all the more wondrous because it is true.

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“His escapes were quite wonderful. Again and again he survived when death seemed certain and indeed, befell all his neighbours. It was not all hazard; sometimes it was due to his intelligence. I have seen him, even when a shell has burst within a few feet, stand still without a tremor – just turn his head and, unconcerned, look at the smoke of the burst.” - General Jack Seely