A Melton based military stables, which has been training and caring for horses deployed in defence for more than a century is to be recognised with a special Green Plaque.
The Remount Barracks at the Defence Animal Training Regiment (DATR) in Melton opened in 1903, and continues to train military working horses and dogs, equine instructors, farriers, dog handlers and trainers.
It is also the home of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, and houses a veterinary hospital.
The barracks has had a vital and long-serving role in the defence of the nation, and around operations around the world and is to be recognised with the unveiling of a Green Plaque by Leicestershire County Council on Thursday August 25.
During its long history, the Remount Barracks has cared for some famous animals, including the Household Cavalry horse Sefton, who was badly injured in the Hyde Park bombing in 1982.
The site is unique within the Ministry of Defence as it has been home to military animals for more than a century, and the stables are unique within the UK because there has been no break in their use for military horses during their 119 years of service.
The military stables was nominated for a Green Plaque by the DATR, which said in its nomination: “The unit firmly believes this building is at the heart of 119 years of incredible history for Melton Mowbray and should be recognised for the Green Plaque awards not only to represent all serving soldiers past and present but to remember the serving animals of the first and second world wars who subsequently lost their lives to serve and protect the country in times of need.”
Chairman of Leicestershire County Council, Councillor Dr Kevin Feltham said: “The Defence Animal Training Regiment and the Remount Barracks has been a vital part of Britain’s armed forces for the best part of 120 years, and its importance in the role of training and caring for service animals, as well as vets, instructors, handlers and farriers cannot be overestimated.
“It is also a big part of Melton’s history and community, and I am proud and honoured to be able to unveil a Green Plaque in tribute to the amazing work which has been, and continues to be, carried out here.”
More information about the Green Plaque scheme can be found at: https://www.leicestershire.gov.uk/leisure-and-community/history-and-heritage/the-green-plaque-awards