Find out more about Meldon’s brave war horse

Meldon Park
Meldon Park

The heart-warming story of Northumberland’s own war horse will be told in a charity open day at Meldon Park.

Estate owners James and Emily Cookson are planning the event in aid of Help For Heroes to support injured service personnel.

People will be able to step inside the stately home, which was built in 1832 by John Dobson, and see the family’s First World War mementos.

James’ great-grandfather Lieutenant Colonel Philip Cookson commanded the Northumberland Hussars Yeomanry in some of the bloodiest battles, including Ypres, supported by his charger Pale Face.

The horse was seriously injured at Ypres and was repatriated to recover from his wounds, and when Lt Col Cookson returned to Britain to train troops he managed to track down Pale Face and bring him back to Meldon, where he ended his days hunting and showing off his medals.

Shrapnel taken from Pale Face is in the case of war relics in Meldon Park’s dining room.

Meldon is one of 32 Thankful Villages in the UK where all its soldiers returned home after the war.

Mrs Cookson said: “Meldon Park has a fascinating military history through my husband’s family and we are delighted to open our doors to the public to raise vital funds for such an important charity. Help For Heroes does fantastic work.”

The estate open day is on Monday, August 25, from 10am to 4pm. Admission costs £3 adults, free for children, with all proceeds going to Help For Heroes, which will also have a merchandise stall in the Kitchen Garden Cafe. There will be a military-themed menu at the cafe and a giant Help For Heroes teddy bear mascot.