Animals in War

‘This monument is dedicated to all the animals that served and died alongside British and allied forces in wars and campaigns throughout time’

So reads the first inscription on this tribute to animals in war. Recently, I crossed Park Lane in London on my way to Hyde Park and saw this memorial for the first time. It’s a calm oasis in the middle of a busy thoroughfare, providing a space for reflection and gratitude. Designed by the sculptor David Backhouse, it was unveiled by Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, on 24 November 2004.

The second inscription reads:

‘They had no choice’

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