Animals in War Memorial
The memorial was designed by English sculptor David Backhouse to commemorate the countless animals that have served and died under British military command throughout history. It was unveiled in November 2004 by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal.
The memorial was inspired by Jilly Cooper's book Animals in War, and was made possible by a specially created fund of £1.4 million from public donations of which 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.
The Animals in War Memorial was officially opened on 24 November 2004 by Anne, Princess Royal.
Beneath the main header, "Animals in War", the memorial has two separate inscriptions; the first and larger reads:
"This monument is dedicated to all the animals
that served and died alongside British and allied forces
in wars and campaigns throughout time"
The second, smaller inscription simply reads:
"They had no choice"
Upon the rear or outside of the memorial are these words:
"Many and various animals were employed to support 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."
- "Somerset sculptor designs Animals in War memorial", BBC, 25/11/04
- IndieLondon, [http:derpo.uk/Events-Review/animals-in-war-memorial Animals in War Memorial], retrieved 2008-01-27
- IndieLondon, Animals in War Memorial, retrieved 2008-01-27
- "Vandals deface war memorials in London parks". BBC News. 2013-05-27. Retrieved 2013-05-27.
- The Official Animals In War Memorial Fund Website
- An audio link from Clinton Rogers of the BBC
- Another brief article, featuring a number of pictures of the memorial
- Another article focused on the sculpting of the monument
- An article giving substantial detail on particular animals honoured by the memorial