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Big Dave

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them.

Zavidovici (Also known as Big Dave) served over 20 years in the Household Cavalry, born in 1994, he had a long career in the Blues and Royals regiment and many said he didn’t “put a hoof wrong” during this time. Dave joined the Household Cavalry in 1998. This summer he retired from duty to live out in the West Berkshire countryside. I couldn't have asked for a better model, Dave stood for over an hour whilst we added the poppies around his neck. (A massive thank you to his new-owner, Lucy, who made my vision possible.) Often known as the forgotten heroes in war, horses were used to transport ammunition and messages to the front line; to carry food, water and medical supplies in to the battlefield and bring the bodies and injured soldiers back. Over a million horses were used by the British Army, and over 8 million horses were believed to have taken part in the Great War. These images are my tribute to the fallen heroes, this centenary year – to both man and animal who gave their lives, for our freedom Prints will be available of two images from this shoot, with money raised going to Help For Heroes: A charity which provides lifelong support to Service Personnel and Military Veterans with injuries, illnesses and wounds sustained while serving in the British Armed Forces. Each print comes un-mounted and worldwide shipping is available. Prices below include UK shipping. A3 Print – £25 with £15 going to H4H 8x6 Print – £10 with £5 going to H4H To order, message me here, or send an email to: Find out more: Or make a donation today:

A MASSIVE thank you to everyone who purchased a print of Dave with his poppies - I'm overwhelmed by how far those photographs were shared, the lovely comments and messages.

Dave even made it in to a couple of the local papers. Many of his old riders, both from the HCMR and civilian riders and other members of staff got in touch to say how amazing Dave had been across his whole service, and those wanting to wish him a well deserved retirement.

Thank you all again!

Here's the big man himself enjoying the some sun on his back... prints are still being posted, I had to take them in several batches as I couldn't get everything to the PO at once. When I've posted the last few, I'll make the donation to Help for Heroes.

Thank you to each and every one of you!

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