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Animals in War Memorial

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Address: Brook Gate, Park Lane | Hyde Park, London, England
Phone Number: +44 207 641 6000
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They Had No Choice

This memorial can be a bit difficult to get to - situated as it is in the center of Park Lane between two very busy paths of traffic. It is worth the effort, however, for the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

This memorial can be a bit difficult to get to - situated as it is in the center of Park Lane between two very busy paths of traffic. It is worth the effort, however, for the details of the sculptures, the perspective, and the small tokens of remembrance left by well-wishers. It's not a very quite spot, but it invites... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

I recently visited the Animals in War memorial with a small group of Animal Management students - we were impressed and moved by everything we saw. Definitely worth a visit to pay your respects.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

The line "They had no choice" was quite thought-provoking and poignant, as everyone has written already. The sculptures themselves are also amazingly dynamic, especially the dog turning to look over its shoulder and the horse passing through the crack in the stone.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015 via mobile

A poignant and thought provoking memorial dedicated to animals in war. The sculptures were lifelike in depicting mules, dog and horse. The tributes were interesting to read. Probably a very British thing to do, having this particular memorial - but the film & stage show of the book War Horse, has made people far more aware of the use of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

It has been in place for over 10 years now but is still relatively unknown. Most people will only have noticed it from the top deck of a bus driving along Park Lane. It actually seems rather marooned, situated as it is between the carriageways of Park Lane. I last saw it yesterday when the tour coach taking our Royal... More 

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This is a thought provoking memorial to all the animals lost in the two World Wars. A simple inscription states 'They Had No Choice'. I must confess that I had not heard of this memorial and found it by chance at the top of Park Lane close to Marble Arch. Well worth a 'Look See'.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Around the corner of Marble Arch one can find this monument. the inscription "THEY HAD NO CHOICE" is a simple truth and gave me some thought.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This memorial shows a variety of animal contributions during wars. It is small and would be fitting if larger. However the website provides additional information

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

A very moving memorial to the numerous animals who gave their lives to various wars, through no choice of their own. If you are on a tourist bus heading up Park Lane, look out for this on the central reservation as you approach Marble Arch. It is on the junction with Upper Brook St just after the Grosvenor House Hotel.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

We came across this Memorial just by accident, what a shame it is not in a more prominent location. It was very interesting to read their history and to learn about these animals and how they were used in the war. It is adjacent to Hyde Park between Park Lane. Its makes you realise how important the animals were in... More 

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