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ANIMALS IN WAR MEMORIAL

Compiled and Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2008

The Animals in War Memorial is located at Brook Gate, Park Lane, on the edge of London’s Hyde Park and was designed by leading English sculptor, David Backhouse. Unveiled on 24th November 2004 by the Princess Royal, it exists as a memorial to the huge number of animals that have served and died under British military command throughout history. The memorial was inspired by Jilly Cooper's book, Animals in War, and was made possible by a specially set up fund of £1,400,000 from public donations of which Jilly Cooper was a co-trustee. The memorial consists of a 55 ft by 58 ft (16.8 m by 17.7 m) curved Portland stone wall: the symbolic arena of war, emblazoned with images of various struggling animals, along with two heavily laden bronze mules progressing up the stairs of the monument, and a bronze horse and bronze dog beyond it looking into the distance.

Photographs Copyright © Carolynn Langley 2008

THIS MEMORIAL WAS
UNVEILED ON 24TH NOVEMBER 2004.
BY H.R.H. THE PRINCESS ROYAL .KG.
PATRON OF THE ANIMAL WAR MEMORIAL FUND.

ON LEFT IN RING OF LAUREL LEAVES.
FOR GALLANTRY
WE ALSO SERVED
THE P.D.S.A. DICKIN MEDAL
THE ANIMAL VICTORIA CROSS

MANY
AND VARIOUS
ANIMALS WERE EMPLOYED
TO SUPPORT THE BRITISH AND ALLIED FORCES
IN WARS AND CAMPAIGNS OVER THE CENTURIES,
AND AS A RESULT MILLIONS DIED FROM THE PIGEON
TO THE ELEPHANT. THEY ALL PLAYED A VITAL ROLE
IN EVERY REGION OF THE WORLD.IN THE CAUSE OF HUMAN
FREEDOM. THEIR CONTRIBUTION MUST NEVER BE FORGOTTEN.

THE BUILDING OF THIS MONUMENT WAS MADE POSSIBLE
BY GENEROUS PUBLIC DONATIONS.
PRINCIPAL BENEFACTORS
THE ESTATE OF PAUL HELLUM, WESTMINSTER FOUNDATION, PET GROUP, R.S.P.C.A. CADOGAN CHARITY, DOGS HOME BATTERSEA, AMALGAMATION OF RACING PIGEONS, P.D.S.A. WILIAM PEARS GROUP, GEOFFREY KAYLE FOUNDATION, HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY, SUNLEY FOUNDATION, AMERICAN KENNEL CLUB, A.S.P.C.A. H.P.H
SIR STANLEY AND LADYCLARKE, KALE FOUNDATION,
PATRICK DOHERTY, LORD LEVERHOLME TRUST, H.S.O.S.
MICHAEL STONE, MRS ANNETTE PHILLIPS, THE KENNEL CLUB,
THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, JILLY COOPER.O.B.E. ROYAL REGIMENT OF ARTILLERY, VETENARY CORPS, EVA RAUSING, BLUE CROSS
KIRSTON RAUSING SIR ANTHONY BAMFORD,MR & MRS CHARLES WATTS, IRISH TERRIER ASSOCIATION, SPA WAY, JUNE MAKEPEACE AND
FAMILY, HAMPTON NTL, MARGARET LEAFE.

Last updated 3 August, 2008

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