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Blue Plaque to Dorothy Brooke

Wednesday 10th June 2020

The installation of a Blue Plaque to Dorothy Brooke (1883 – 1955) (founder of the Old Warhorse Hospital in
Cairo in the 1930s, later renamed as the Brooke Hospital for Animals) will take place on 15th October 2020 (tba) when it will be placed on the wall of her home, Malmsbury House in the Close, which became the initial headquarters of the charity.

The plaque will be unveiled by her granddaughter, Ann Searight, and other members of her family plan to attend. The unveiling will be followed by a small reception kindly hosted by the owners of Malmsbury House. All are welcome at the unveiling but there are limited places for the reception which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to attend, please contact Janet Patch, 01722 330096, patch.janet@gmail.com.

Dorothy Gibson-Craig was born in Scotland in 1883. She had loved horses since childhood and was an accomplished horsewoman. The defining moment in her life came when she arrived in Cairo in 1930, the wife of British cavalry officer Brigadier Geoffrey Brooke. From this moment her life became dedicated to the welfare of working horses and donkeys and, despite many obstacles and objections, her determination to make a difference ensured that the original Old War Horse Memorial Hospital was founded in 1934. Dorothy continued to work for her charity until her death in 1955.