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War historian to speak at Brooke event

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AUTHOR and Island historian Ian Ronayne will be the guest speaker at an event hosted by the equine charity Brooke.

The event takes place at the Jersey Museum on Tuesday and ties in with the charity’s year-long Every Horse Remembered campaign, which marks 100 years since the end of the First World War and highlights the struggle of horses, donkeys and mules of the past and present.

Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the vital role of horses in the war from Mr Ronayne, who specialises in the history of that conflict and whose books include Ours: The Jersey Pals in the First World War and Jersey War Walks.

All armies relied heavily on pack animals during the war, and more than eight million of them died, not only from shellfire and gas attacks but also from the extreme conditions they had to endure.

Unfortunately, punishing conditions are still very much a reality for the 100 million working equines around the world today. Brooke works across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East training local communities and owners to make long-lasting improvements to the lives of horses, donkeys, and mules and the families who depend on them.

Brooke will be on hand to give updates on upcoming projects and talk to guests about fundraising and gifts in wills.

Tickets to the event are free, but limited. To book your place, email legacies@thebrooke.org or phone 020 7470 9343.

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