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Animals in War Memorial, London

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The Animals in War Memorial is a war memorial in Hyde Park, London. It is located on Park Lane, at the junction with Upper Brook Street, on the eastern edge of the park.The memorial was designed by English sculptor David Backhouse to commemorate the countless animals that have served and died under British military command throughout history. It was unveiled in November 2004 by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.HistoryThe memorial was inspired by Jilly Cooper's book Animals in War, and was made possible by a specially created fund of £1.4 million from public donations of which Cooper was a co-trustee. The memorial consists of a 55 ft by 58 ft (16.8 m by 17.7 m) curved Portland stone wall: the symbolic arena of war, emblazoned with images of various struggling animals, along with two heavily-laden bronze mules progressing up the stairs of the monument, and a bronze horse and bronze dog beyond it looking into the distance.The Animals in War Memorial was officially opened on 24 November 2004 by Anne, Princess Royal.In May 2013, it was one of two London war memorials vandalised on the same night. The word 'Islam' was spray-painted on it and the nearby RAF Bomber Command Memorial.InscriptionsBeneath the main header, "Animals in War", the memorial has two separate inscriptions; the first and larger reads:"This monument is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time."
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  • The monument stands in Central London at the eastern end of the Hyde Park about 200 meters South of the speakers corner. It was unveiled in 2004 by Princess Anne and reminiscent of the animals that have been injured and killed in wars and conflicts under British command. The work consists of two curved limestone walls with a passage in the middle. Before the passage two laden Mule go, stand behind it a dog and a horse. There are reliefs and inscriptions in the limestone walls. We were quite surprised when we met on the monument. The theme and design are quite unusual. In any case, it is something else and to our liking also quite well done. We liked it.
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  • There are so many war memorials in London, but this one is very special. It was designed by English sculptor David Backhouse and introduced in 2004 to commemorate so many animals that have served and ...  read more »
  • Interesting parkette near the Marble Arch with statuary depicting animals that were used in times of war. The caption on the memorial reads "They had no choice" Elephants, camels, horses, donkeys, bir...  read more »
  • Totally love this sculpture/memorial and stop by as I use my bike to and from work. The sculptor was David Backhouse. Over 9 million horses, mules & donkey's died in the First World War. Primarily used for transportation to the various fronts with many of them dying in horrible circumstances. They were also used in the 2nd World War and of course many other conflicts. If you are an animal lover this memorial is a moving experience and one worth visiting whilst in London. Over on my Google + account I am a bit of a sculpture/memorial fan and just love all these wonderful sculptures and memorials we have in London and surrounding counties. This is a "must visit" and spend some valuable time there, you will be moved.
  • Bring your hankie! When we were there a child had left a handmade card that said: Thank you Sargeant Gander. My dad said you saved his Grampa's life. Now, go Google "Sargeant Gander"
  • Dammit....assaulted by onion chopping ninja's in broad daylight in my own capital!!! Right about the time I saw the words "They had no choice"....
  • Its a good thing that they are honouring the animals used in WW2. They had no choice.
  • Tasteful sculpture on a great road.
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