The gravestone of Vonolel, Field Marshal Lord Roberts' horse, 1901 (c)
Photograph, Ireland, 1901 (c).
Although little bigger than a pony, 'Vonolel' (1872-1899) was his master's only reliable horse during the 2nd Afghan War (1878-1880) and carried Roberts on the celebrated march from Kabul to Kandahar. Thereafter he became a familiar sight at ceremonial parades and camps of exercise throughout India. He accompanied Roberts to Ireland where the latter served as Commander-in-Chief 1895-1899. When he died he was buried with full military honours.
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