Boy David Memorial

Boy David Memorial, London

Boy David Memorial
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Andrew
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Machine Gunners Corp Memorial
Jul 2018
This memorial did make me feel slightly uncomfortable and I can why some feel this memorial could be seen as glorifying war. This is an unusual war memorial (located near the Wellington Arch) as instead of a solider you have the biblical King David depicted when as a boy he defeated Goliath's and he is shown resting on the oversized sword (story also recorded in the Qur'an); thus depicting a small force overcoming a larger one - in this case via the use a machine gun. The statue was unveiled in 1925. To either side of the statue are bronze models of Vickers machine guns covered in laurel wreaths (some believe the guns are real and just covered in bronze) The inscription on the front of the plinth reads “Erected to commemorate the glorious heroes of the Machine Gun Corps who fell in the Great War. Saul hath slain his thousands, but David his tens of thousands.” The inscription on the front of the plinth reads “The Machine Gun Corps of which His Majesty King George V was Colonel-in-Chief, was formed by royal warrant dated the 14th day of October 1915. The corps served in France, Flanders, Russia, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Salonica, India, Afghanistan and East Africa. The last unit of the Corps to be disbanded was the depot at Shorncliffe on the 15th day of July 1922. The total number who served in the Corps was some 11,500 officers, and 159,000 other ranks of whom 1,120 officers and 12,671 other ranks were killed and 2,881 officers and 45,377 other ranks were wounded, missing or prisoners of war.”

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  • Lancaster Gate • 5 min walk
  • Paddington • 6 min walk

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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ166,281 contributions
Machine Gun Corps Memorial - A Juxtaposition of Images
Apr 2018 • Couples
I was not sure what this memorial commemorated. In my strolls around the intersection of Green and Hyde Parks, I had never noticed The Machine Gun Corps Memorial before, and I thought that it was odd. Unlike the other war memorials, in this general area, this one seems almost out of place. With the others, even the New Zealand War Memorial, things just sort of click into place. However, this one is a statue of King David, as a youth, and it is not until I read the inscription on the pedestal, that I could figure out what it was commemorating.

On this lovely Spring day, it was nice to gaze upon, and then I read that inscription, and things began to clear. I am not sure if my wife ever did make the connection, but at least enjoyed the statue and memorial.

Though seemingly out of place, the commemoration of a brave legion of soilders is fitting.

Though it is relatively small, it is beautifully done, even with the visual juxtaposition of characters.

Though it is relatively small, it is beautifully done, even with the visual juxtaposition of characters.
Written August 20, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Andrew
St. Albans, UK6,222 contributions
Machine Gunners Corp Memorial
Jul 2018 • Solo
This memorial did make me feel slightly uncomfortable and I can why some feel this memorial could be seen as glorifying war.

This is an unusual war memorial (located near the Wellington Arch) as instead of a solider you have the biblical King David depicted when as a boy he defeated Goliath's and he is shown resting on the oversized sword (story also recorded in the Qur'an); thus depicting a small force overcoming a larger one - in this case via the use a machine gun. The statue was unveiled in 1925.

To either side of the statue are bronze models of Vickers machine guns covered in laurel wreaths (some believe the guns are real and just covered in bronze)

The inscription on the front of the plinth reads “Erected to commemorate the glorious heroes of the Machine Gun Corps who fell in the Great War. Saul hath slain his thousands, but David his tens of thousands.”
The inscription on the front of the plinth reads “The Machine Gun Corps of which His Majesty King George V was Colonel-in-Chief, was formed by royal warrant dated the 14th day of October 1915. The corps served in France, Flanders, Russia, Italy, Egypt, Palestine, Mesopotamia, Salonica, India, Afghanistan and East Africa. The last unit of the Corps to be disbanded was the depot at Shorncliffe on the 15th day of July 1922. The total number who served in the Corps was some 11,500 officers, and 159,000 other ranks of whom 1,120 officers and 12,671 other ranks were killed and 2,881 officers and 45,377 other ranks were wounded, missing or prisoners of war.”
Written July 31, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

badmintontim
Hastings, UK4,512 contributions
Classical but yet Modern Memorial
Mar 2018 • Couples
Seen from above on a coach this time although have viewed this many times before as well, this is a classical piece of sculpture memorialising the machine gun corps and their vital role in the defence of the realm - definitely worth a closer look
Written March 24, 2018
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JohnScarr70
Pontefract, UK1,740 contributions
Memorial to the Machine Gun Corps
Mar 2018 • Solo
I have mixed feelings about this memorial. It's the inscription which names the Corps fallen Glorious Heroes. There is also the David and Goliath aspect. If you are manning a heavy machine gun, surely you are Goliath, the unfortunate infantryman you are targeting, David.
The statue itself is impressive and a striking piece of art in its own right.
Written March 12, 2018
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Richard F
Swindon, UK1,665 contributions
Standing proud in Hyde Park Corner
Jan 2018 • Solo
The Machine Gun Corps only existed for seven years but made its mark in military history and it is remembered in good company here on Hyde Park Corner.
Written February 23, 2018
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania21,853 contributions
Little monument
Oct 2017 • Solo
Just another monument,with nothing special.Placed in Hyde Park Corner,besides other few monuments,including Wellington Arch.Not a must see.
Written December 16, 2017
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MedEngland
England2,302 contributions
Classical
May 2017 • Friends
I really don't know why this memorial has a link to the Machine Gun Corps - but they were very brave men drawn from many Regiments. The statue itself dramatic and worth a visit.
Written May 31, 2017
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nellielim
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia4,110 contributions
Machine Gun Corps Memorial
Apr 2017 • Family
This memorial is also known as The Machine Gun Corps Memorial and is a memorial to the casualties of the Machine Gun Corps of WW1. Located at Hyde Park Corner, it is one of many memorials here.
Written May 19, 2017
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Menq
Newport, UK9,264 contributions
Small, but powerful statue
Jul 2016 • Friends
The statue of David is commemorating the Machine Gun Corps heroes and it represents the Goliath defeater with its large sword in his hand, flanked by two bronze machine guns.
Its location makes it easier to visit it and to take nice pictures.
Written September 8, 2016
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Richard F
Swindon, UK1,665 contributions
A largely unknown unit - the Machine Gun Corps
Aug 2016 • Couples
There are many units that appear in the British Army order of battle and then disappear again. They are often only remembered by those who have ancestors who served in them, or specialist historians. The Machine Gun Corps is one of those that was raised purely for the Great War and then disbanded again soon after.

This is a nice memorial that is similar to that of the Royal Artillery in that it shows both man and guns on the same monument, but on a much smaller scale.
Written August 31, 2016
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