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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
City Of Westminster
Town
Mayfair
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Animal Memorials, First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
MR DAVID BACKHOUSE
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 24 November 2004
    Attended by: HRH THE PRINCESS ROYAL
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
53495
Current location

In the centre of Park Lane opposite Brook Gate.
Park Lane
Mayfair
City Of Westminster
Greater London
W1K 7AJ
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 27956 80732
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
LARGE CURVED PORTLAND STONE WALL WITH ANIMALS ENGRAVED IN PROFILE, AND SURROUNDED BY BRONZE HORSE, MULES AND DOG ON LARGER PORTION OF BROKEN WALL ARE ELEPHANT, CAMELS, GOATS, PIGEONS, GLOW-WORMS, AND OTHER ANIMALS CARVED IN BAS-RELIEF. TWO BRONZE MULES BEARING EQUIPMENT STAND AT FRONT OF MEMORIAL AND BRONZE HORSE AND DOG STAND BEHIND IT. ON BACK OF WALL IS ENGRAVED OUTLINE OF ANIMALS, REPRESENTING GHOSTLY SILHOUETTE OF THOSE KILLED. A LIST OF MAJOR DONORS IS ON THE REVERSE WALL.
Inscription
ANIMALS IN WAR/ THIS MONUMENT IS DEDICATED TO ALL THE ANIMALS THAT SERVED AND DIED ALONGSIDE/ BRITISH AND ALLIED FORCES IN WARS AND CAMPAIGNS OF THE 20TH CENTURY/ THEY HAD NO CHOICE
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Animal Memorials
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
History
2013, 27 May: defaced with the word 'Islam' in red spray paint.
Costs

Site: Allocated by Westminster CC
Memorial: £1,800,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private,public
Responsibility
Westminster County Council
Reference
  • The Guardian 12 July 2010
  • Daily Telegraph 28 May 2013 Report and photo of vandalism.
  • Sunday Express 28 May 2000
  • The Gunner March 2002, p17
  • Sunday Times 14 November 2004
  • The Independent 17 October 2000; 25 November 2004; 23 December 2004
  • Daily Telegraph 01 November 2004; 25 November 2004
  • The Guardian 25 November 2004
  • Metro 25 November 2004; 28 May 2013
  • The Daily Mail 25 November 2004
  • War Memorials Trust WM376 www.warmemorials.org/search-grants/?gID=459
  • Evening Standard 26 November 2004
  • Imperial War Museum, Department of Collections Access and Library 09/45

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