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.
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