Posted 08 March 2012 - 12:06 AM
Very good piece, but left confused. Having looked into Remount depots recently (Purton had one)i had a nagging thought in my head after hearing that only 60,000 horses returned to the UK. Did i hear that piece right, please see below from the excellent WEB site regarding swaythling.
From August 1914, the vast Swaythling Remount Depot was constructed at North Stoneham Park and Bassett, on the edge of Southampton, to collect, sort, and supply horses and mules for war service. It was one of the four principal remount depots in England; the others were at Romsey (also for Southampton), Shirehampton (for Avonmouth), and Ormskirk (for Liverpool).
The Swaythling Remount Depot was the centre from which nearly all horses and mules from England were given a 'final overhauling' and dispatched across the Channel to France. At the end of the war, the Depot also received the returning animals.Up until 11 December 1918, the Depot processed 390,741 animals, of which 386,194 passed out.