A major national monument to the animals will be unveiled in November by HRH The Princess Royal.
The Animals in War Memorial will be a powerful and moving tribute to all the animals that served, suffered and died alongside the British, Commonwealth and American forces in the wars and conflicts of the 20th century.
Vice Chairman Andrew Parker Bowles comments: “Tens of thousands of conscripted dogs were killed in wars in the last hundred years, all serving their masters and mistresses with loyalty and devotion in the darkest of circumstances. Britain is the only Commonwealth nation without a national memorial to remember the sacrifices made them and by millions of other animals.”
Situated in the middle of Park Lane at Brook Gate on the edge of London’s Hyde Park, the memorial is designed by leading English sculptor David Backhouse. Executive Director of the Fund Colonel Ronnie McCrum comments: "The monument has a strong visual impact.
Measuring 55’ x 58’ it features life size bronzes of two heavily laden pack mules, a horse and a dog, all flanked by a bas-relief carved into the Portland stone wall showing silhouettes of all of the different animals used in 20th century conflicts."
Trustee and author Jilly Cooper, whose book Animals in War inspired the project, believes that this national monument will become as much a landmark as Nelson's Column. "Thanks to the huge generosity of many individuals, charities and corporate sponsors we have raised nearly £1,000,000, but we still need a further £450,000 as costs have soared since we started the project six years ago! It is a superb opportunity for people to say thank you to all the animals that died for us."
Donations can be sent to Animals in War Memorial Fund, 72 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1DE or visit www.animalsinwar.org. Donors sending £50 will receive a gold plated commemorative medal in a presentation box, and donations of over £150 a hallmarked sterling silver medal.