Green Plaque for Melton’s Historic Military Stables

Melton’s historic military stables at Remount Barracks

The Defense Animal Training Regiment (DATR) Remount Barracks opened in 1903 and staff there continue to train military working horses and dogs, horse trainers, farriers, dog handlers and trainers.

It has been nominated for a plaque and Leicestershire County Council has now announced that it is one of the places and people selected for the latest round of awards.

Councilor Dr. County Council Chairman Kevin Feltham said: “The Defense Animal Training Regiment and Remount Barracks have been an integral part of the British Armed Forces for almost 120 years and their importance in the training and care of service animals, as well as vets, trainers, handlers and farriers can cannot be valued highly enough.

“It’s also a big part of Melton’s history and community, and I’m proud and honored to be able to unveil a green plaque in tribute to the amazing work that has been and continues to be done here.”

Throughout its long history, Remount Barracks has taken care of some famous animals, including Household Cavalry horse Sefton, who was seriously injured in the 1982 Hyde Park bombing.

The site is unique within the Ministry of Defense having housed military animals for more than a century and the stables are unique in Britain having been used since they opened in the early 20th century.

It was the DATR who nominated the stables, stating in their justification: “The entity firmly believes that this building is the heart of 119 years of incredible history for Melton Mowbray and should not be recognized solely for the Green Plaque award to represent all serving soldiers, past and present, but to commemorate the serving animals of World War I and World War II who subsequently gave their lives to serve and protect the country in times of need.”

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