Animals in War Memorial
Animals in War Memorial
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,329 contributions
May 2021
On the central reservation in Park Lane, this £2 million memorial to all the different animals that died working with the armed forces down the centuries reflects something of the feelings of British people in the 21st Century.

I love statues and I can imagine children being very taken by these. You can wander around the monument and interact with the bronze beasts. Perhaps it elicits different emotions from most war memorials.
Written June 14, 2021
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metalbucket
London, UK39 contributions
Mar 2012 • Solo
"They had no choice", says this ridiculous memorial. That's so obvious that you wonder why they wrote this. How do you persuade a horse to give up gambolling in a field in order to enlist in the army because freedoms are precious? The idea for this piece of kitsch was primarily inspired by a Jilly Cooper novel. She writes racy pot-boilers involving horses and jockeys. The artistic style of the memorial is pure Disney, with sentimental sad, droopy, head-down horses, probably inspired by the animals around Snow White's coffin. The whole thing is an embarrassment to London. You can imagine that people in animal charities (I work with some) who weep at such a pointless waste of money; and they are always short of cash. If the money spent on that slab of kitsch were given to Battersea dog's home instead, they'd be a few more dogs alive today. Now that's a choice to ponder.
Written June 9, 2012
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Juanhart
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Visited this memorial on a weekend trip to London to see War Horse. Felt a fitting tribute to seek this out after seeing the show.
Such a moving memorial to all the countless animal lives lost in the futility of war, for mans greed for power.
I was moved to tears just to see it.
Well worth a visit.
Written March 24, 2013
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lisa o
Drogheda, Ireland89 contributions
Feb 2012 • Family
Top marks to the people who thought up this memorial, animals have played a huge role in wars and just because they are animals doesnt mean their pain and sacrifice was any less, I never even knew this memorial existed and being an animal lover it was a beautiful surprise.
Written January 26, 2013
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Baris E
Istanbul, Türkiye2 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
I walked away with the most intense headache, cried hysterically when i saw “they had no choice”. Apparently nothing can escape being a part of british war machine, however innocent they may be.
Written October 26, 2018
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SunnyGirlie
Stockholm, Sweden594 contributions
Dec 2016
This memorial is one of the most heartbreaking memorials I have ever seen. Dedicated to all animals who lost their lives in the history of Great Britain's wars and campaigns it depicts the most amazing b bronze sculptures (donkeys, a dog and a horse) struggling upwards a hill, carrying heavy loads. On the marble fresque we can see all sorts of other animals; elephants, camels, and so on. They all have one thing in common: they never chose to fight any war.

This memorial was raised in 2004, and is located close to Hyde Park and Speaker's corner. It's stunning, beautiful and heartbreaking.
Written December 17, 2016
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chickandbeast
Southgate, Canada8,553 contributions
Aug 2016 • Couples
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, birds depicted carrying people, jeavy items or messages.

Stunning homage.
Written August 23, 2016
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Paulaustin
London, England, United Kingdom203 contributions
Mar 2013 • Solo
If you have any sensibility at all you will be moved by this visit. Not only does it hit you with the scale of the animals slaughtered in war but takes you into the personal stories of individual losses. The wreathes in memory of specific animal heros are heart breaking
Written March 10, 2013
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Footpathsforall
San Francisco, CA123 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
Like any major historical city, London is filled with statues and monuments. Near the Marble Arch corner of Hyde Park stands an elegant and rather new memorial (unveiled in 2004) to animals that have perished on the military’s behalf during past wars, be they world wars or some other. The various sculpted pieces of the memorial are spread out along a narrow stretch of lawn separating two very busy roadways. At the end nearest the Marble Arch is mounted an enormous horse’s head, disembodied and drooping to the ground as if grazing, representative perhaps of the biggest victim. The immediate physical environment does not lend itself to a contemplative state of mind as you walk by the beautifully formed sculptures. But the power of the imagery, that is, likenesses of various familiar animals, large and small, and a memorial wall with inscriptions worth stepping up to and reading, causes the traffic noise and urban energy to fade away momentarily as you look, absorb, and reflect: “This monument is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and Allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time.” Even more sorrowful is the stand-alone inscription, “They had no choice.” The consequences of our own species’ inclination to pursue war have no bounds. London’s Animals in War Memorial is a visually dramatic, poignant, and unforgettable proclamation of this sadly irrefutable truth and a fitting way to remember and honor the countless animals that have died in our wars. Not theirs.
Written August 14, 2016
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AAHolt
United States3,638 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
Had no idea this memorial even existed until we stumbled upon it. Lovely to see a memorial recognizing the value and contributions of our animals during wartime. They have played a valuable role.
Written May 4, 2016
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