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“More memorials should be like this”

Royal Artillery Memorial
Ranked #578 of 1,827 things to do in London
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

The Royal Artillery Memorial commemorates the almost 50,000 men of the Royal Regiment of Artillery killed during World War I. It’s in Hyde Park, and consists of a large stone plinth, on top of which is a sculpture of a howitzer. The plinth is surrounded by four bronze statues of artillery men, and it also has reliefs depicting scenes from the war.

It’s an interesting memorial, well worth seeing if you’re out and about around the Hyde Park area. It initially generated quite a bit of controversy, in how it portrayed the reality of the war, vs other memorials that tended to glorify it. The realism it brings is what makes it stand out as a memorial, and more of them should be done this way if they really want to give the public a sense of what is being memorialised.

Thank Jeff P
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

This memorial certainly does the Royal Artillery justice in getting across the prowess and size of their contribution to the Great War in the prowess and size of the memorial. It's incredibly detailed and realistic which certainly adds value to the memorial and the memories it is commemorating.

It's not stylised or artistic - it's just very real and very moving!

Thank Richard F
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Reviewed July 11, 2013

If you're in Hyde Park, you are sure to see this memorial! It is dedicated to casualties in the Royal Regiment of Artillery in the First World War. The memorial has been the subject of much critical discussion ever since it opened. I personally love the realism of this memorial which is in contrast with all other WWI memorials which frequently used abstract, beautiful designs intended to remove the viewer from the real world, and focus them on an idealised sense of self-sacrifice (beautiful death). Royal Artillery Memorial is different: more realistic showing the labor and suffering endured by those soldiers.

Thank Seda E
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Reviewed October 25, 2011

This monument is opposite the Wellington Arch in Hyde Park Corner. The monument contains some emotive statues. A large canon adorns the top of the monument, with distinctive soldiers in amazing detail and pose on each side. I always find war monuments to be sobering and thought provoking, and the Royal Artillery Monument was no exception. Spend a few minutes paying your respects by this monument. The artwork is beautiful.

Thank Fiver75
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