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The Animals In War Memorial – London Picture of the Day

The Animals In War Memorial – London Picture of the Day

The Animals In War Memorial pays special tribute to all the animals who have served and died with the British, Commonwealth and Allied forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century. Made from Portland Stone and bronze it is a fitting tribute to all those brave animals.

For more information about  what is a beautiful and poignant monument that was created by David Backhouse visit The Animals In War Memorial. Located beside Hyde Parks Brook Gate.

The sun was shining as I walked along the central reservation on Park Lane. Both sides of the road were jam packed with traffic… my lungs must have been full of pollution, but I forget all about that when I came across the colourful spring flowers that were in full bloom and the bronze horse that looked magnificent in the sunshine – the horse is part of the Memorial.

Why walk along the pavement when you can walk on the grass, next to the trees and pretty flowers… yes indeed! London seems to be the greatest city in the world for people rushing around and not talking time to enjoy the good things around them!

The Animals In War Memorial – London Picture of the Day

Did you know that eight million horses were killed in WWI alone, carrying men, arms and supplies into battle.


  1. I used to commute past this rather beautiful memorial every day, and it always made me feel desperately sad for all those creatures who never chose to go to war but who gave up their lives for plenty of people who did.

  2. Wow, that is a lot of horses that perished! You’re right, people in this city don’t take enough time to appreciate it.

  3. I would like to visit here too. What an honor it would be.

    Have a perfect day. 🙂

  4. Accidental Londoner, I never really thought too much about all the animals that were made to go to war until I stumbled upon this memorial a couple of years ago…

    Emm, people alwasy seem to be in such a rush in London… even the tourists.

    Comedy Plus, it is worth a visit for sure…

  5. Wow that is a lot horses! Makes you think about things!

  6. John, exactly!

  7. I have never seen this memorial before, didn’t even know it existed. I knew there were other small animal memorials around but this one is magnificent.

    I agree so many miss the delights of London rushing around with their head down and their headphones on.

  8. LLM, I guess not a lot of people really walk along that stretch of Park Lane unless they have to. I normally prefer walking inside Hyde Park when I’m going along that way…

  9. I did stop and take a look at the sculptures and read the inscriptions a couple of years ago, it really is fitting tribute to all those war time animals.

  10. Tracey, the inscriptions is a nice touch for sure…

  11. I never knew any country that pays tribute to the animals in war until I got to this post. Are there any other nation that does a similar honor to those animals at war? Thanks for sharing this wonderful info. I really appreciate it.


  12. Jackie, I’m not too sure, but I have been in plenty of countries and they don’t even treat the living animals very well!

  13. Lived in London for 10 years and I have never seen this one before. Thanks fo the heads up!