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WW1 Indian Cavalry in Albert - painting by Graham TurnerA Long Way from Home Ref: GT-GW11

A column of Indian Cavalry advance through the town of Albert, which was central to the Allied activities on the Somme in 1916.

The golden statue of the Virgin Mary atop the tower of the Basilica can be seen in the background, knocked askew by German artillery early in 1915. Various legends grew up around this landmark, but the statue would stay at this precarious angle until 1918 when the tower was destroyed by British artillery during the German Spring Offensive. After the war the Basilica was rebuilt, and today the statue again looks out over the town.

Original gouache painting by Graham Turner - image size 37cm x 28cm (14.5"x 11")

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The Indian Army provided a large number of troops to help the Allied war effort, and they fought in many different theatres, including the Western Front.

On 14th July 1916, units from the 2nd Indian Cavalry Division were involved in the only cavalry action during the Battle of the Somme; the charge at High Wood. The photograph shows soldiers from the 20th Deccan Horse just before the charge. (c) IWM (Q823)

Exactly 100 years later, Graham Turner will take part in a commemorative ride on the battlefield, retracing the steps of the Deccan Horse and 7th Dragoon Guards -

'The Great War holds a terrible fascination for me, and my own personal love of horses inevitably makes their involvement in this horrific conflict particularly poignant. I am honoured to be taking part in this commemorative ride, and as we visit the various locations and cemeteries on our route we will remember those whose lives were lost, both human and equine.'

The event has a Facebook page - http://facebook.com/chargeatHighwood

...and Graham will post photos of the event on his own Facebook page - http://facebook.com/GrahamTurner.Studio88

A Just Giving page has also been set up to raise funds for the Royal British Legion - https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Thechargeathighwood
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